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Manhunt Underway For Gunman Who Shot Officer Inside Missouri Walmart

The gunman fled the scene after shooting the Calverton Park police officer three times.

Ferguson, MO – The gunman who shot a Calverton Park police officer during an attack inside a Walmart store on Sunday night is still at large.

Police have released a photo of the unidentified suspect.

He is described as a black male between the age of 20 and 25, stands between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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The gunman was last seen wearing a green jacket, gray sweatpants, and black socks with Nike sandals.

His hair is braided into a small ponytail.

The attack occurred just inside the entrance of the Walmart store on West Florissant Avenue at approximately 7:15 p.m., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The 35-year-old, off-duty Calverton Park Police Department (CPPD) officer was working a security job at the store.

He was wearing his full police uniform at the time – to include his ballistic vest, according to the CPPD.

The altercation occurred when the officer confronted the suspect, who was allegedly shoplifting, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The suspect pulled out a gun a fired several rounds, hitting the officer twice in the torso and once in the arm before fleeing the scene.

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The officer did not return fire, according to St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) Sergeant Benjamin Granda.

Police do not have a description of the gunman’s possible getaway vehicle.

“We believe he probably got into a car,” Sgt. Granda said, according to KMOV. “Right now, his whereabouts are unknown. We’ve got a large amount of our resources out here searching for this individual now.”

Walmart loss-prevention supervisor Schyler Pokorski, who also has military training, took off his belt and used it as a tourniquet on the officer’s arm to help stop the bleeding while emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, Ferguson Police Department (FPD) Captain Harry Dillworth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

FPD Officer Jontaine Glover also applied a tourniquet to the wounded officer’s arm during the aftermath of the shooting.

The officer’s ballistic vest stopped the two rounds that struck his torso, according to Sgt. Granda.

The two-year veteran-of-the-force was rushed to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and has since been released.

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“He’s in good spirits, and he’s home recovering right now,” CPPD Officer Chris Robertson said on Monday morning, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

No one else was injured during the attack.

“We’re very thankful that he was wearing a vest tonight,” Sgt. Granda said.

Over 30 patrol vehicles from multiple jurisdictions responded to the area to search for the gunman, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

K9s and a Metro Air Support helicopter have also been dispatched to assist, according to KMOV.

Holly Matkin - February Mon, 2020

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