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Suspect dead, officer in hospital after shooting in Missouri

The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital, Jefferson County Sheriff Capt. Gary Higgenbotham said on Tuesday.  (Source: KTVI/CNN) The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital, Jefferson County Sheriff Capt. Gary Higgenbotham said on Tuesday. (Source: KTVI/CNN)

ARNOLD, MO (KTVI/CNN) - A police officer was shot near the Arnold, MO, police department on Tuesday. The 44-year-old officer was rushed to the hospital, and was taken to surgery in critical condition.

The 28-year-old suspect, Chad Klahs, was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Police believe he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Klahs was well known to police, said Capt. Gary Higgenbotham of the Jefferson County Sheriff Department. 

The officer's name is Ryan O'Connor, KTVI reports, saying he had a bullet wound to the back of the head.  

The burglary suspect was being transported to the police station when he shot the officer with a gun he had somehow managed to acquire, the report said. The incident is still under investigation.

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