White Cop Shoots Black Off-Duty Officer at Crime Scene

Kristopher Drake
June 25, 2017

Seven officers have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Two officers saw him and ordered him to the ground but soon recognised him as one of their own and told him to stand up and come over to them. The police department says the late-arriving officer was "fearing for his safety" and didn't recognize the off-duty officer. When officers threw a spike strip at the auto in the area of West Florissant and Riverview, that's when police say the suspects fired at them.

"This is the first time that we are aware, that a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street", Tate told Fox News.

The victim's lawyer, Rufus J Tate Jr, told local media that the shooting was part of a wider problem in the USA with the perception of black men.

The police department has given no description of a threat, he said. "We can see this is a real problem".

'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.

An off-duty police officer who was just trying to help his colleagues after a auto chase ended in a shootout near his home ended up being shot by a fellow cop who did not recognize that they were on the same team. St. Louis Police Department did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment. Initial reports suggested the wounded officer was shot during the gun battle, but it later turned out his wound came from a separate encounter. However, shortly after their exchange, both of the uniformed officers recognized the officer and instructed him to walk toward them, according to a St. Louis Police Department report of the incident. His assailant, who is white, is 36 years old and has been with the department for eight years. He had just finished his shift, and had his service weapon out, chasing a man who had broken into his auto, police said.

Yanez was found "not guilty" of manslaughter by a jury but has been fired from his police department. Police say a third suspect remains on the loose.

Deandre Chaney (l.) and Cortney Smith (r.) were arrested after allegedly opening fire on police following a vehicle chase.

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. Two officers "fearing for their safety" fired at the suspects and hit one in the ankle.

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