Off-duty black cop mistakenly shot by white cop

Deandre Chaney and Cortney Smith

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) Investigators say the off-duty St. Louis police officer who was shot Wednesday night was h. In total, seven officers who were involved with the incident were placed on administrative leave, and the department's Force Investigative Unit is looking into the incident. He questioned the white officer's account, according to police, that he shot the off-duty officer because he feared for his safety.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that police initially called the incident an example of "friendly fire" and that the 38-year-old Black officer got "caught in the crossfire" between the police and the suspects.

The shooting came days after protests swept Minnesota over the acquittal of a police officer who shot a black man dead in front of his girlfriend and daughter in an incident broadcast on Facebook Live.

It all started when a high-speed police chase ensued of a stolen vehicle with three teenage suspects.

According to the police statement, the armed suspects then fled on foot.

Three plainclothes officers on routine patrol arrived at the scene and yelled for the two to stop, police said.

The man, who has been a cop for 11 years, was sent to hospital but released yesterday.

A cop-on-cop shooting in St. Louis is being described as a "friendly fire" incident by police but the lawyer for the wounded officer suggests his client's race may be to blame.

"This happens to be the first time in the national discourse that we are aware of where a black professional law enforcement officer is shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street", Tate said. The third suspect has yet to be apprehended.

According to the police report, the officer who fired his gun said he feared for his life.

"In the police report you have so far, there is no description of a threat he received".

The off-duty officer, who remains unidentified, was immediately treated at a hospital and was later released. "So we have a real problem with that", Rufus Tate Jr. wrote. He had just finished his shift, and had his service weapon out, chasing a man who had broken into his vehicle, police said. "There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared", Tate says.

Police on the scene told the off-duty officer to get on the ground and surrender.

A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer has been injured in an accident while escorting Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade to the city's airport.

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