MetroLink officer OK after shooting, police return fire on suspect

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A MetroLink security officer was shot Thursday afternoon in Missouri.

Patti Beck, Director of Communications for MetroLink, said in a news release that the officer was shot while checking fares around 2 p.m. on the Wellston MetroLink station platform.

The security officer was treated and released from an area hospital. Beck said St. Louis County Police are leading the investigation into the shooting. Police returned fire on the suspect.

The St. Louis County Police said via Twitter that the security officer was shot in the shoulder, and the suspect was shot in the buttocks. Police said the suspect also was taken to an area hospital.

Police said the suspect was in critical condition.

MetroLink did not operate at the Delmar, Wellston, Rock Road and UMSL South stations for about five hours following the shooting. At 7 p.m., service resumed from the Delmar Loop and UMSL South stations. Because of the police investigation, the Wellston station did not reopen until nearly 9 p.m.