St. Louis officers shoot and critically injure boy, 14, after he first fired at them, police say

St. Louis officers shoot and critically injure boy, 14, after he first fired at them, police say

Police shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy after he fired a shot at officers Sunday morning in the Walnut Park East neighborhood, Police Chief Sam Dotson said.

The shooting was reported about 9:25 a.m. in the 5000 block of Beacon Avenue; the department posted a tweet saying the wounded person was stable at a hospital.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Dotson told reporters at the scene that officers had been searching for a car taken in a carjacking late last month. After a short pursuit, Dotson said, the officers stopped to try to talk to at least one teen walking on Lillian Avenue. The teen ran off, turned through a vacant lot near Walbridge Elementary School and fired one shot before officers returned fire, Dotson said.

The two officers involved are white; the teen is black.

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