A suspect is in police custody in a local hospital after being shot by a police officer in south St. Louis Sunday afternoon.
Police say officers tried to question the suspect and another man near Gravois and Austria. Both were known to officers as previous offenders.
The suspect fled. Officers chased him. Police tried to stop him with a tazor, but that effort failed.
St. Louis Police Captain Michael Sack says when the suspect reached for his waist, the officer thought he was reaching for a gun and fire at him. The suspect was hit twice in the legs.
The officer is on routine administrative leave.
Police say a man at the home fired shots at the officers without warning.
The officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times. He's in critical condition at St. Louis University Hospital.
Both officers were taken to Barnes Hospital. A 31 year old female officer was shot in the foot. A 26 year old male officer was shot in the back. Both are expected to recover.