Two Sheriff's Deputies Shot, Receive Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Update: Franklin County Sheriff Steven Pelton said a 21-year-old St. Louis man was the suspect in an officer-involved shooting on Saturday and he has died from his injuries.

Pelton said the suspect died March 22.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld due to an open investigation.

Update: Franklin County Sheriff Steven Pelton identified the two officers who were shot late Saturday.

Over the last few days our agency has been receiving calls of concern regarding the injured deputies," Pelton said.

They are identified as Sgt. Weggemann, a 19-year veteran of law enforcement, and Deputy Burgess, a nine-year veteran.

Weggemann was released from the hospital on Sunday and Burgess is still being treated.

"I wanted to take this time to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support from this community," Pelton said. "We are blessed to serve and live in this community; our citizens support law enforcement. I also wanted to thank the other first responders for their quick actions on the night of the shooting:   Franklin County 911 Dispatch, Meramec Ambulance District, Boles Fire District, Mercy Hospital, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Pacific Police, Washington Police and every other Law Enforcement agency in the county along with Sheriff’s around the state that reached out to offer assistance."

Earlier

Two Franklin County sheriff’s deputies were shot and have non-life threatening injuries after a suspect opened fire on them late Saturday.

According to Sheriff Steven Pelton, the deputies returned fire and struck the suspect.

One deputy was shot in the shoulder and another deputy in the arm and shoulder. Each deputy was in a different vehicle.

Around 9:42 p.m. a deputy attempted to stop a 2007 Honda CRV near Interstate 44 and Highway 50. The driver refused to yield and traveled east on Highway AT.

Whent he vehicle approached the intersection near Highway 100, the suspect pulled into a parking lot, exited the vehicle and started shooting into the deputies’ vehicles.

The deputies were transported to the hospital, along with the suspect, whose condition is unknown.

As standard procedure, the Missouri State Division of Drug and Crime Control was asked to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.  

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