Shooting of St. Louis Officer May Not Have Been Random

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The drive-by shooting of a St. Louis police sergeant may not have been random as first thought, and the suspected gunman may be tied to a string of other crimes, including a homicide, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The sergeant, 46, who was wounded twice in the face in his vehicle Sunday evening, was released from a hospital yesterday. Police said his attacker, George P. Bush III, 19, was killed hours later in a shootout with other officers.

The injured sergeant had been looking for a burglar in a neighborhood where the gunman was known to hang out moments before the shooting. There was no evidence tying Bush to the burglary call and police were not specifically looking for him. He was known to visit a friend’s home in the area. The sergeant had just left the area after supervising officers there. Investigators were trying to determine whether Bush saw the sergeant there and followed him or if the attack was by chance. Police Chief Sam Dotson called the swift takedown of the suspect “great police work.”

 

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