St. Louis, MO – Two St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) officers were shot at by two groups of gunmen after they intervened in a gun battle early Thursday morning.
“It sounded like a war,” resident Chery Smith Coleman told KSDK.
The plainclothes officers, both of whom were wearing their SLMPD ballistic vests, were patrolling the area of Goodfellow and Interstate 70 throughout Wednesday night due to ongoing problems in the area, SLMPD Lieutenant Colonel Mary Warnecke told the news outlet.
As they approached a BP gas station at Goodfellow and Lillian at about 1 a.m., the officers spotted two groups of people arguing, Lt. Col. Warnecke said.
Both groups ended up jumping into a couple of vehicles and started shooting at one another, at which point the two officers exited their vehicle and announced that they were law enforcement officers, KSDK reported.
That’s when both groups of gunmen turned and opened fire on them, Lt. Col. Warnecke said.
“We believe they were obviously shooting at police officers, once they announced themselves, identified themselves and they could see those officers, it was quite obvious they were police officers and they continued to take fire, ” she told KSDK.
The officers returned fire during the chaotic attack.
Smith Coleman said she heard about 100 gunshots during the barrage, KSDK reported.
No one was hit, although the unmarked patrol car had at least one bullet hole in it after everything came to an end.
“We are very fortunate today we don’t have officers injured or killed,” Lt. Col. Warnecke said. “This just demonstrates the dangerous work our men and women do every single day.”
It is unknown if anyone has been arrested in connection with the attack, but the investigation remains ongoing, KSDK reported.
Lt. Col Warnecke noted that this was the second time in less than 24 hours where SLMPD had been fired upon.