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St. Louis police officer dies after being shot on duty

St. Louis police officer dies after being shot on duty
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon died Sunday after being shot in the head during a call the day before. Photo courtesy of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/Twitter

Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said an officer who shot while responding to a call over the weekend has died.

Officer Tamarris L. Bohannon died Sunday, a day after he was shot in the head while responding to a shooting call, the department said in a statement.

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Police Chief John Hayden told reporters during a press conference Saturday evening that Bohannon was "very critically injured" in the shooting and that a second officer was shot in the leg while attempting to extract Bohannon from the scene.

The gunman, a 43-year-old White man, then barricaded himself in a residence after ordering the couple who lived there to leave but was eventually taken into police custody following a standoff, during which no shots were fired and there were no further injuries, authorities said.

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"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we report that our critically injured officer has died," the police department said in a statement late Sunday. "He will be deeply missed."

Bohannon had been on the force for 3 1/2 years and was the eighth St. Louis officer to be shot since June, Hayden said.

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Bohannon's family released a handwritten letter published on the department's Facebook page asking for prayers and support.

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"He is a hero to many but most importantly to his loving wife and three incredible children. The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St. Louis community," the letter said.

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