St. Louis-area cop indicted for shooting shoplifting suspect

(AP) – A suburban St. Louis police officer has been indicted for shooting a suspected shoplifter outside a grocery store.

Julia Crews is charged with second-degree assault for the shooting on April 23 in Ladue, one of Missouri’s wealthiest communities. The 37-year-old officer is a 13-year department veteran. The 33-year-old suspect remains hospitalized but authorities say she will survive.

St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell announced the indictment Wednesday. The officer is white; the woman who was shot is black.

Crews’ attorney, Travis Noble, has said Crews meant to use her stun gun but mistakenly grabbed her service revolver.

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