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St. Louis police shoot, wound suspected robbers

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis – Two St. Louis police officers are on administrative leave after firing shots at two young men who are suspected of robbing pizza delivery drivers in south St. Louis.

One of the young men, a 16-year-old, was treated for minor wounds before being taken to the Juvenile Building. A 23-year-old man was arrested while police were investigating the robberies.

The incident began around 10:50 Wednesday night, when two men held up a driver attempting to make a pizza delivery in the 4600 block of Michigan. They escaped in a getaway car parked in a nearby alley and driven by a third suspect.

Police notified other pizza delivery restaurants in the area, and learned that an Imo's Pizza had taken a phone order from a caller that left the same phone number as the first robbery. Police staked out in an alley near the delivery address, 4100 Taft, approached a van parked there, which began to drive toward them, prompting both officers to fire their weapons. One officer fired his weapon a second time when the suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officers.

Police believe the men in custody - plus a third, who is suspected of being the getaway driver - are responsible for the attempted robbery of another pizza delivery driver in the 4100 block of Michigan. Authorities are still seeking the third suspect.