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Arnold officer shot by man in custody; suspect dead

06 December 2017, 08:51 | Taylor George

Arnold officer shot by handcuffed suspect, rushed to hospital with 'life-threatening' injuries

Officer reportedly shot in Arnold,Mo

Hospital officials will not comment on the severity of O'Conner's injuries.

The shooting happened on the Arnold Police Department parking lot inside a police SUV the officer was driving, and after the shooting, the vehicle crashed into a fence and a diesel gas tank near the police station, but the auto did not hit the building, Capt. Gary Higginbotham of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

There were also drug charges in 2015.

The most recent booking photo of the 29-year old is from May of this year.

Higginbotham also said the injuries are life threatening. However, the suspect apparently had a second weapon on him not found during the arrest, which he allegedly used to shoot the officer, Higginbotham said.

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The incident reportedly began around 12:30 a burglary call in a residential area. When police arrived, the suspect ran from the scene into a wooded area. Jefferson County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Higginbotham says the officer was shot on the back of the neck or head.

FOX C-6 Schools were on lockdown for a short amount of time. The vehicle then crashed into a propane tank in the rear of the police department.

The suspect also was shot in the head. A gun was taken from the suspect when officers took him into custody. There was no other officer in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and authorities are not looking for any other suspects. Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No word yet on the suspect's condition. Sheriff Dave Marshak on Twitter urged people to "pray for our law enforcement family".

O'Connor is a 20-year police veteran.

The shooting happened Tuesday outside the police station in Arnold, Missouri.

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