Police Claim White Cop Shot Black Cop In A 'Friendly Fire' Incident

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There has been an incident in St. Louis where a white police officer shot an off duty black officer after mistaking him for a fleeing suspect.

Although the police report detailed the incident as mere "friendly fire"-a military term used to describe when a non-enemy is mistakenly targeted as hostile or deemed as a threat due to misinformation or inaccuracy-the uniformed officer and six other officers involved were placed on administrative leave, according to St. Louis Today".

According to police, the off-duty officer heard a commotion and rushed to the scene with his service weapon.

The on-duty officers had asked the 38-year-old to get on the ground and he complied, but then they recognized him and told him to stand up and walk toward him. Three people in the vehicle reportedly fired shots at officers after the authorities used spike strips to stop the auto. A second suspect, who ran a short distance, was taken into custody. Police immediately got to the scene and were confronted by three people inside the stolen vehicle.

The man, who has been a cop for 11 years, was sent to hospital but released yesterday.

The scene of a police pursuit in St. Louis that ended with one officer being shot by another.

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Local station Fox 2 Now reported that the incident began shortly after 10 p.m. when a police recognition system spotted a stolen auto from Maryland Heights, spurring the vehicle chase. "So we have a real problem with that", Rufus Tate Jr. wrote. But this has been a national discussion for the past two years. The Castile case has highlighted a fear that there may be no justice for black Americans killed in police shootings, advocates say. The officer, who later left the force, wasn't charged, which further strained relations between the area's black community and the police.

The news comes after authorities released dash cam footage on Tuesday of Philando Castile's shooting by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Minnesota.

But the department later confirmed the frustrating circumstances leading to the officer's injury. He had just finished his shift, and had his service weapon out, chasing a man who had broken into his auto, police said.

Two of the suspects were apprehended, while the third remains at large.

Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show such accidental police-on-police shootings occur at a low rate given the tense, confusing circumstances officers routinely face.