Officer hurt, suspect killed in gunfire exchange at Farmington

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FARMINGTON, Mo. - A suspect is dead and a police officer injured after an exchange of gunfire in the eastern Missouri town of Farmington.

The Park Hills Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/xf54qA ) reports that officers were called to an apartment early Monday to try and bring in a man for jumping bail. Police Chief Rick Baker says the man barricaded himself inside and was armed with a handgun.

The man allegedly ran from the apartment and fired a shot before getting away. He was tracked to an area near a drug store. Baker says that as officers approached the man shot at them. A St. Francois County deputy was struck in the leg but his injury is not considered life-threatening.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect. The suspect's name has not been released.

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Information from: Daily Journal, http://dailyjournalonline.com

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