Police officer shot by handcuffed suspect inside squad vehicle

Arnold officer in critical condition after shooting

A Missouri police officer was shot by a man who was in custody, according to reports.

O'Connor drove Klahs to the police station for booking. They believe the Klahs stole a gun from the home.

O'Connor is hospitalized in critical condition and was in surgery late Tuesday.

Police say the officer was shot once in the neck or head.

The Arnold, Missouri, police officer went to the hospital after a burglary suspect shot him in the head.

When asked how other officers were doing following the shooting, Chief Shockey said "it's rough", and they will have counselors on hand Wednesday afternoon.

Officer Ryan O'Conner, 44, was shot in the head by a burglary suspect, according to KMOX. Witnesses are telling police Rodney Thurber was holding a gun for 24-year-old Caitlyn Riffle of Independence. The suspect ran into the woods and fired shots, though it wasn't clear if he was shooting at police.

However, the suspect apparently had a second weapon on him not found during the arrest, which he allegedly used to shoot the officer, Higginbotham said. Police aren't sure if that wound was self-inflicted.

He underwent surgery on Tuesday, and his condition was considered stable, authorities say. Ryan is the son of retired Police Chief Tom O'Connor, and also the brother-in-law of one of our police officers, so this impacts all of our employees.

O'Connor is a 20-year police veteran. He also worked for Ferguson and St. Louis County.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association said the O'Connor Family is asking for donations for Ryan to be made to Shield of Home, the Fraternal Order of Police charity. Klahs died at the hospital a few hours later. They believe the suspect's gunshot wound was self inflicted.

He said Arnold Police alerted other law enforcement agencies about "an officer down" at about 1:35 p.m. The names of the suspects haven't been released, but they were felons, so possession of the blasting packs for homemade rockets was illegal. The man is hospitalized but a condition report is not immediately available.

Investigators responded to a burglary call in the 1800 block of Fox Point at around 1pm. O'Conner's injuries are said to be life-threatening.

Authorities say the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon in Arnold, a St. Louis suburb located in Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is leading an investigation. Sheriff Dave Marshak on Twitter urged people to "pray for our law enforcement family". Arnold police saw the SUV approach a sally port at the police station, but it never made it inside, veering off and crashing after O'Connor was shot.

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