March 17, 2018

Officer Shot In Arnold, MO In Stable Condition

06 December 2017, 08:47 | Opal Carroll

NEWS Officer shot during incident in Arnold The officer was transported to a hospital

NEWS     Officer shot during incident in Arnold     
       The officer was transported to a hospital

44-year-old Officer Ryan O'Connor of the Arnold Police Department was transporting the suspect of an alleged burglary when he was shot inside his patrol SUV. The suspect also was shot once in the head and is being treated at the same hospital as O'Connor. He was in surgery on Tuesday at St. Anthony's Medical Center.

The suspect is identified as Chad Klahs, 28. Officers are not sure if the fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Hospital officials will not comment on the severity of O'Conner's injuries. He was shot in the back of the neck or head, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Higginbotham.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

Then in 2013 he pleaded guilty when charged with drug possession and accused of receiving stolen property, also in Jefferson County.

The most recent booking photo of the 29-year old is from May of this year. His injuries were described as life-threatening. But when the O'Conner didn't come inside, officers went out and found the his SUV crashed into a fuel tank and both O'Conner and the burglary suspect seriously wounded inside. Police were called to the 1800 block of Fox Point around 12:45 p.m. on a burglary call. Arnold police learned that a gun had been stolen from a home. Higginbotham said a gun was confiscated at that time.

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One of the shooting victims ran into the school after he was shot , Troyer said, and made it into the locker room bathroom. Students at Graham Elementary School were been released to their buses with staff supervision, the Times reported .

Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey says the shooting took place during the ride from the gas station to the police station.

Officers inside the station saw the SUV approach a sally port, where suspects are brought inside, on a camera. There was no other officer in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and authorities are not looking for any other suspects. Police said they heard gunshots coming from the woods while looking for the suspect, but were not sure if the shots were being fired at officers. No word yet on the suspect's condition.

Law enforcement knew of Chad Klahs but we don't know if Klahs knew officer O'Connor.

Images show a police vehicle crashed into the Arnold Police Department.

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

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