A 17-year-old shooting suspect was in a vehicle that struck two officers as the driver sped away in St. Paul on Sunday night, police said.
A tire hit one officer in the foot and a mirror struck another officer in the side; both are OK, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
It began in the North End, at West Maryland Avenue and Arundel Street, about 5:30 p.m. when officers from the Gang and Gang Unit looked in the vehicle next to them in a parking lot, according to a police report. They saw a passenger who was a suspect in an October shooting and officers exited their vehicle to try to take him into custody.
The driver roared away, also hitting the open door and quarter panel of the officers’ unmarked squad, Linders said.
Police pursued the vehicle, which drove to the West Side and struck a parked car near Smith Avenue and Page Street. The people in the vehicle ran away.
Officers discovered a loaded gun on the driver’s side floorboard, the police report said. In a search of the area, police found two suspects nearby in the 700 block of Orlando Street.
Police arrested the 16-year-old suspected of being the driver and the 17-year-old suspected in the shooting at 6:30 p.m.
In the Oct. 29 shooting near Rice and Milford streets, a 28-year-old man was wounded in the foot. Police found the man, along with his crying wife, and their 3-year-old daughter. The girl was in her carseat in their vehicle when it appears gunfire narrowly missed her, Linders said.
Officers located evidence that the man was loading groceries in the family vehicle when a group of teenagers began shooting at each other and he was struck in the crossfire.