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St. Louis teen arrested after being shot and wounded by police

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A teenager was shot and wounded after pointing a gun at police Saturday, CBS affiliate KMOV-TV reported.

The shooting took place at a housing complex in north St. Louis around 7:30 p.m., St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson told reporters late Saturday. He said surveillance cameras captured the incident on video as officers responded to a report of someone with a stolen gun.

"The subject started to run, saw police officers, turned around, ran in another direction -- ran towards officers," Dotson described. "The officers saw a gun in his hand. Fearing for their safety, one officer fired four shots."

The 16-year-old, whose name was not released, was grazed in the head, hit in the arm, and suffered a serious wound to his abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition, Dotson said.

A .40-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene, Dotson said. He estimated that the teenager was 15-20 feet from the officers when he was shot.

The officer who fired is a 29-year-old who has been with the department for about seven years, Dotson said. He did not identify the officer by name but said he will be on administrative duty during the investigation.

The police department's force investigative unit, which Dotson said was formed about a year ago to investigate officer-involved shootings, will examine forensic evidence and interview witnesses about the incident.

The unit's findings will be forwarded to the district attorney's office, which will conduct its own investigation, according to Dotson.

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