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Charges dropped in case that involved friendly fire shooting

June 5, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against two men accused in a police chase in which an off-duty St. Louis officer was wounded by “friendly fire.”

Lawyers for Cortney Smith, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, and Deandre Chaney, of Calverton Park, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a combined 31 felony charges have been dismissed.

Police say it started in June 2017 when officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle and someone inside opened fire. Police say the car crashed after a chase, and the occupants fled.

When the off-duty police officer walked out of his home, he was ordered to get on the ground until the responding officers recognized him. The off-duty officer then got up and was walking toward his colleagues when he was shot in the elbow by another just-arriving officer.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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