The Missouri Highway Patrol confirmed that a trooper and a man who robbed the First Bank at Dutzow Friday morning were shot in an exchange of gunfire near New Melle in St. Charles County.
The conditions of the trooper and the suspect were not released.
However, Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison said that the suspect’s bullet struck the trooper’s bulletproof vest and did not penetrate the vest.
Harrison said the trooper was “shaken up” but was not seriously injured.
Both the trooper and the robber were taken to area hospitals for examination and treatment. The suspect was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis and the trooper to St. Joseph Hospital at Lake Saint Louis.
A patrol spokesman said the trooper will be okay.
The suspect robbed the bank shortly after 9 a.m. Friday and was last seen driving away on Highway 94 toward St. Charles County in a white four-door car.
Law enforcement officers began a pursuit of the suspect’s car and stopped it on Highway F near Highway D, according to reports. At that point, the suspect opened fire and the trooper returned fire and both men were hit.
The suspect, who was wounded in the leg, was taken into custody.
Authorities said the robber was wearing glasses, a black mask and rubber gloves when he entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. He was last seen heading toward Highway 94 in a white four-door car.
Washington police officers responded to assist Warren County deputies at the bank and also staged at the Missouri River bridge in case the suspect attempted to cross into Franklin County.
The name of the gunman was not released as The Missourian was going to press Friday.
The bank at Dutzow was robbed about 20 years ago and two suspects who briefly held a teller hostage were later captured.