Villa Ridge, MO – Two Franklin County sheriff’s deputies were shot during a gun battle with an armed suspect on Saturday night.
The incident began at approximately 9:40 p.m., when a Franklin County deputy attempted to stop a blue 2007 Honda CRV near Highway 100 and Interstate 44, the sheriff’s office said in a press release early Sunday morning.
The unnamed driver refused to pull over, leading officers on a chase that ended in a Burger King/Petro-Mart parking lot on Highway AT, according to The Missourian.
The suspect came to a stop and jumped out of his vehicle, then began shooting at two deputies who pulled into the lot behind him, police said.
On deputy was shot in the shoulder and the arm.
The second deputy was also shot in the shoulder.
Both deputies immediately returned fire, hitting their attacker and ending the shootout, The Missourian reported.
The gunman was rushed to a local hospital, and his condition has not been released.
The wounded deputies were transported to the hospital and are expected to recover.
Multiple bullet holes were visible in the windshield of one of at least one of the patrol vehicles, KSDK video footage showed.
The Missouri State Division of Drug and Crime Control is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, as per protocol, the sheriff’s office said in the release.