Suspect in shooting of Missouri officer dies

Suspect in shooting of Missouri officer dies

They say he was taken to surgery, is still alive, and in critical condition. His injuries were described as life-threatening.

This evening, the sheriff of Jefferson county said there is, "Always a lot of speculation into police shootings".

The suspect is identified as Chad Klahs, 28. He was in a life-threatening conditions when taken to St. Anthony's Medical Center, Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect was being transported by Officer Ryan O'Conner, 44, after being arrested in a burglary investigation, according to Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey. Now authorities say Klahs has died from that self-inflicted head wound.

Klahs was handcuffed in the back of the police SUV but managed to shoot the officer. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

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'Apparently he had another (gun) on him, ' Higginbotham said, a weapon taken in a vehicle burglary in the same area. The vehicle then crashed into a propane tank outside the police department.

This is a breaking news story. He has been with the Arnold Police Department for three years and before that served in Ferguson and St. Louis County.

Police were initially called to a report of gun stolen from a home. 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. Sheriff Dave Marshak on Twitter urged people to "pray for our law enforcement family".

The shooting happened Tuesday outside the police station in Arnold, Missouri.

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