The suspect was caught a short time later at Zingers Mart, a convenience store at a Phillips 66 gas station on Jeffco Blvd. - just two miles from the Arnold police station. Police said they heard gunshots coming from the woods while looking for the suspect, but were not sure if the shots were being fired at officers.
He underwent surgery at St. Anthony's Medical Center.
"Apparently he had another (gun) on him", Higginbotham said, a weapon taken in a vehicle burglary in the same area.
An Arnold police officer was in surgery and the man suspecting of shooting him is dead after an altercation in Arnold, Missouri.
It isn't clear if the suspect had another gun or if he grabbed the officer's weapon.
The suspect also was shot in the head.
Police officers from across the region showed up at St. Anthony's to show their support for the wounded officer who has been with the Arnold Police Department for about three years and previously worked as an officer in St. Louis County and Ferguson. O'Connor, 44, is a 20-year law enforcement veteran.
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Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey says the shooting took place during the ride from the gas station to the police station. The vehicle then crashed into a propane tank outside the police department.
The suspect was also taken to a local hospital, but his condition is unknown at this time.
An eastern Missouri police officer is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot inside a police SUV by a suspect he was taking to the police department.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation and working to determine how Klahs got the gun in the patrol vehicle. His name has not been released. Higginbotham said Klahs has a long criminal background including unlawful use of a weapon.
The suspect was handcuffed and was being brought in for booking at the police station.
Authorities say the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon in Arnold, a St. Louis suburb located in Jefferson County.
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