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    Firefighter dead, 2 police officers shot in Maplewood
    A sharpshooter with the Missouri Highway Patrol waits on alert on the porch of a house on the 7400 block of Zephyr Place this morning as a gunman remains holed up in the area.
    (Christian Gooden/P-D)


    By Patrick M. O'Connell, Kim Bell and Carolyn Tuft
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    07/21/2008

    UPDATED, 10:14 a.m.

    MAPLEWOOD -- A rookie firefighter was killed and two police officers were wounded when a gunman opened fire in Maplewood early today. The gunman might still be holed up in a burning home, and police sharpshooters have swarmed the neighborhood near South Big Bend Boulevard and Zephyr Place.

    The dead firefighter has been identified as Ryan Hummert, 22. Hummert was fatally shot as he got out of a Maplewood fire truck as it arrived at the scene of a vehicle fire about 5:45 a.m. today.

    Meanwhile, a Maplewood police officer is in critical condition at another area hospital. The bullet struck the officer's badge, which may have saved his life, a hospital spokeswoman said. A second Maplewood police officer was shot in the right shoulder. He is being treated, but his condition was unavailable.

    It all started unfolding before 6 a.m. today, when firefighters were responding to a vehicle fire on Zephyr Place. The house fire started shortly after that. Officers surrounded the home, believing the gunman was inside.

    Three hours later, dozens of police cars from a mix of area departments were still there. Many of the officers are crouching behind police cars with their weapons drawn. The St. Louis County police explosives unit rolled up after 9 a.m., as did an armored vehicle from the U.S. Marine Corps. FBI agents were suiting up in tactical gear.

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    Very weird this week. Last week had heard of the big accident on a nearby highway and discovered a friend had been killed instantly and now this.

    This thing is still going on. The firefighters can't totally put out the house fire, as someone is in there shooting at them. The one firefighter was killed.
    Then I heard the morning anchor on our local NBC affiliate interviewing a neighbor on the phone. The police had tried to get folks moved out of there, but with the "suspect" sniping, many had to stay in their homes and were warned to stay down and away from the windows.

    The person being interviewed was the "officiant" who had married SR and me. She's a lovely woman who works full time at a local university. I hope she stays safe. They said that the fire department is training hoses on the immediate houses near the shooter, to try to prevent fires.

    I don't think the shooter is facing a good outcome, with the Mo Highway Patrol swat team, the FBI, and the Marines armored tactical vehicles there. I'm just praying that no neighbors get hurt and no more police or firefighters injured.

    Frankly, I don't give a damned about the "suspect".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    Firefighter dead, 2 police officers shot in Maplewood
    A sharpshooter with the Missouri Highway Patrol waits on alert on the porch of a house on the 7400 block of Zephyr Place this morning as a gunman remains holed up in the area.
    (Christian Gooden/P-D)


    By Patrick M. O'Connell, Kim Bell and Carolyn Tuft
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    07/21/2008

    UPDATED, 10:14 a.m.

    MAPLEWOOD -- A rookie firefighter was killed and two police officers were wounded when a gunman opened fire in Maplewood early today. The gunman might still be holed up in a burning home, and police sharpshooters have swarmed the neighborhood near South Big Bend Boulevard and Zephyr Place.

    The dead firefighter has been identified as Ryan Hummert, 22. Hummert was fatally shot as he got out of a Maplewood fire truck as it arrived at the scene of a vehicle fire about 5:45 a.m. today.

    Meanwhile, a Maplewood police officer is in critical condition at another area hospital. The bullet struck the officer's badge, which may have saved his life, a hospital spokeswoman said. A second Maplewood police officer was shot in the right shoulder. He is being treated, but his condition was unavailable.

    It all started unfolding before 6 a.m. today, when firefighters were responding to a vehicle fire on Zephyr Place. The house fire started shortly after that. Officers surrounded the home, believing the gunman was inside.

    Three hours later, dozens of police cars from a mix of area departments were still there. Many of the officers are crouching behind police cars with their weapons drawn. The St. Louis County police explosives unit rolled up after 9 a.m., as did an armored vehicle from the U.S. Marine Corps. FBI agents were suiting up in tactical gear.

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    Very weird this week. Last week had heard of the big accident on a nearby highway and discovered a friend had been killed instantly and now this.

    This thing is still going on. The firefighters can't totally put out the house fire, as someone is in there shooting at them. The one firefighter was killed.
    Then I heard the morning anchor on our local NBC affiliate interviewing a neighbor on the phone. The police had tried to get folks moved out of there, but with the "suspect" sniping, many had to stay in their homes and were warned to stay down and away from the windows.

    The person being interviewed was the "officiant" who had married SR and me. She's a lovely woman who works full time at a local university. I hope she stays safe. They said that the fire department is training hoses on the immediate houses near the shooter, to try to prevent fires.

    I don't think the shooter is facing a good outcome, with the Mo Highway Patrol swat team, the FBI, and the Marines armored tactical vehicles there. I'm just praying that no neighbors get hurt and no more police or firefighters injured.

    Frankly, I don't give a damned about the "suspect".
    They should protect the neighborhood homes and let the Bugger roast !
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    Hummert was fatally shot as he got out of a Maplewood fire truck as it arrived at the scene of a vehicle fire about 5:45 a.m. today.
    WTF?????????
    OPEACHMENT NOW!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinxmchue View Post
    WTF?????????
    Exactly. The young firefighter/paramedic had only been on the force 6 months after graduating from paramedic school.

    It's still chaotic, but they say the car caught on fire, and the firefighters were responding to a vehicle fire call. Then all hell broke loose.

    It's a nice little neighborhood in a close-in suburb. So many local muncipalities are pitching in. It must be nearing a close, as they're showing more and more fire trucks arriving. They won't let the firefighters in there due to the possible danger if the shooter is still alive.

    The problem is it's in the low 90's and heading to 100. What a day for those poor firefighters.
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    Maplewood Shooting Investigation


    Neighbor Describes Scene as Maplewood Home Burns Down

    Lamira Martin described the scene over the phone to NewsChannel 5's Jennifer Blome and Scott Connell around 10:20 a.m.


    Here's a description of what was going on, told by the woman who did the 'I do's" for SR and me. It's a small world.

    It was sad coming into the office, went by the Maplewood City Hall, already draped with the black bunting. Big Bend Boulevard is still cordoned off by the police.
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    Another update:

    http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story...150408&catid=3

    UPDATE: Police Suspect Shooter's Body in Burned Out Home


    23 mins ago
    Maplewood, Mo. -- Neighbors said a fire destroyed a home in a where a man suspected of killing a firefighter and shooting two police officers may be hiding.
    Tracy Panus, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department, said investigators were planning a search of the alleged shooter's burned out home, and "suspected" the man's body was inside the home, located just off of Big Bend in Maplewood, eight miles west of St. Louis.

    Black smoke could be seen rising above a tree line where a home was burning at 10:30 a.m.


    <LI itxtvisited="1">Photo Gallery: Maplewood ShootingLamira Martin, who lives across the street from the home, said live on NewsChannel 5 that the home was an "inferno" and that she heard possible explosions around 10:20 a.m.
    NewsChannel 5 crews saw an armored vehicle from the St. Louis County tactical unit heading towards the home, and then they spotted black smoke.
    Media crews were kept away from the scene and television helicopters were not allowed to fly in the area.

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    [QUOTE=SaintLouieWoman;22325]Firefighter dead, 2 police officers shot in Maplewood
    A sharpshooter with the Missouri Highway Patrol waits on alert on the porch of a house on the 7400 block of Zephyr Place this morning as a gunman remains holed up in the area.
    (Christian Gooden/P-D)

    SLW, this picture of the police could land you jail... If we have learned anything from the DUmps RIM job.
    Thanks to SarasotaRepub for your help! :D
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    [quote=Bill inGA;22573]
    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    Firefighter dead, 2 police officers shot in Maplewood
    A sharpshooter with the Missouri Highway Patrol waits on alert on the porch of a house on the 7400 block of Zephyr Place this morning as a gunman remains holed up in the area.
    (Christian Gooden/P-D)

    SLW, this picture of the police could land you jail... If we have learned anything from the DUmps RIM job.
    I never pay attention to the DUmp, but this pic was from the St Louis Post-Dispatch's web site, lead story yesterday, so no problems here. What's scary is that they still haven't, at least publically, acknowledged that they've found the "suspect's" body. If he escaped, he's within a couple mile range of my company. Perhaps coincidentally, yesterday they instituted tighter security procedures here.
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    Investigators Find Object that Appears to be Gun in Burned-Out Maplewood Home


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    KSDK -- A NewsChannel 5 crew saw investigators pull out what appeared to be a gun in the rubble of a burned-out home Tuesday morning which has been the target of an investigation into a deadly shooting Monday in Maplewood, eight miles west of St. Louis.

    Investigators have not commented on the find it is not known if it is connected to Monday's shooting. St. Louis County Police said they believe the person responsible for the shooting death of a Maplewood firefighter and injuries to two police officers is dead inside the home on Zephyr, off of Big Bend.


    <LI itxtvisited="1">A backhoe was brought to the scene to go through the debris around 7 a.m. Tuesday. The digging stopped at 8:30 a.m. and investigators moved-in and seemed to focus on the front of the home.
    Maplewood Mayor Mark Langston said investigators will be looking for evidence and human remains.



    http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story...150503&catid=3

    Hope they find him. I'd hate for him to be running around the neighborhood where I work. :eek: They also said on one of the news stories that he had blacked out windows in his house. I bet he had really creeped out the neighbors. Too bad someone didn't put in a little inquiry with the cops about him earlier. But that old hindsight is always so brilliant, part of the would of, could of, should have routine.
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    Update---they found the body. Yay! Now I won't have to be so frightened the nut might run into our office. It's really not too far.

    http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story...150503&catid=3

    Police: Body and Gun Found in Burned-Out Maplewood Home




    3 mins ago
    • KSDK -- St. Louis County Police confirm a body and a long-barreled gun were found in the rubble of a burned-out home, which has been the target of an investigation into a deadly shooting Monday in Maplewood, eight miles west of St. Louis.
    Tracy Panus, a spokeswoman, with the police department said investigators will use dental records to identify the body, which could take several days.


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