JEFFERSON CO., Mo. – Emergency crews are on scene in Arnold after an officer was shot. According to the Arnold Police Department, an officer was shot Tuesday afternoon and transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspect in the shooting is dead.
The officer has been identified as 44-year-old Ryan O’Conner, he’s been with the Arnold Police Department for at least two years, and has been an officer for 20 years. He was with the St. Louis County Police Department for 12 years. As of 6:30, he was in stable condition and is out of surgery.
The suspect, 29-year-old Chad L. Klahs, was shot in the incident and died just before 2:40, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Gary Higginbotham said. The spokesperson said he has a long criminal background including unlawful use of a weapon. Officers are not sure if the fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The mugshot below is from a previous arrest.
Images from 5 On Your Side’s chopper show an Arnold police vehicle crashed into a large gas tank outside the police department. Police were called to the 1800 block of Fox Point around