Man charged after shooting suburban St. Louis cop during traffic stop

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BALLWIN, Mo. — A 31-year-old black man has been charged with three felonies in the shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop Friday in a St. Louis suburb, authorities say.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Friday at a news conference that Antonio Taylor has been charged with the assault of a police officer, armed criminal action and a felon in possession.

Authorities say that after an initial conversation when Taylor was pulled over, the man shot the police officer three times as he walked back to his patrol car. The incident, which occurred in the suburb of Ballwin shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, was caught on video, according to police.

The officer is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, police said. His identity has not been released.

 

The officer was shot in the neck, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 

KTVI reports that the suspect was apprehended after he fled the scene and led officers on a foot chase. Police recovereda weapon.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Taylor was on probation for a weapons violation in St. Louis and had served time, and was paroled in 2015.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown.

Tribune Media Wire and PIX11 digital producer Alyssa Zauderer contributed to this report.