(AP) — Authorities say a police officer and a gunman died following a shootout at a motel in eastern Missouri that left another officer wounded.
Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson Dallas Thompson says Bonne Terre officers Lane Burns and Garrett Worley were sent to a reported disturbance at a Motel 6 in Bonne Terre about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Thompson says as they approached the room where the disturbance was reported, a man came out and fired at the officers with a handgun, and both officers were shot.
Thompson says the officers returned fire, killing the man, later identified by Thompson as 21-year-old James Emery, of St. Louis.
Thompson says Burns later died at a hospital. Burns attended Carthage High School according to his personal Facebook page.
Worley was flown to a St. Louis trauma center with a gunshot wound to the leg.