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St. Louis officer shot responding to call has died

St. Louis police officer Tamarris L. Bohannon died on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. He was shot by a suspect on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department/TNS)

A police officer shot in the head as a man barricaded himself inside a home on Saturday has died at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, police confirmed on Sunday.

Tamarris L. Bohannon, 29, had been with the department for nearly four years.

A second officer who was shot in the leg has been released from the hospital.

The officers were shot when responding to a shooting call in the Tower Grove South neighborhood at around 6 p.m. A man barricaded himself inside a home in the 3700 block of Hartford Street and fired at police.

Two St. Louis police officers responding to a shooting call were shot themselves Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 by a gunman who then barricaded himself in a home in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, police said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

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Multiple streets were closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Residents were warned to stay inside their homes and SWAT officers swarmed the neighborhood. Police also put SUVs and officers armed with rifles around the residence where the suspect had retreated.

After hours of negotiations with the gunman, police arrested the suspect, according to a Twitter post at 5:37 a.m.

A statement from Bohannon’s family says he is survived by a wife, Alexis, and three children. Bohnannon was “affectionately known” by his District Two squad as “Bo.”

St. Louis police officers line up and salute as the body of fallen officer Tamarris L. Bohannon is brought to the morgue in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Bohannon was shot on duty Saturday while responding to a call, he died at the hospital from his injuries on Sunday. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

“The loss of this great man is felt deeply within the St. Louis community and we ask for your prayers and support in the days ahead,” the statement, published by the police department’s twitter account, reads.

An ambulance carries the body of St. Louis police officer Tamarris L. Bohannon past police cars lined up to escort the fallen officer to the morgue in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Bohannon was shot on duty Saturday while responding to a call, he died at the hospital from his injuries on Sunday. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Mayor Lyda Krewson released a statement saying she was “heartbroken” at Bohannon’s death. She said Bohannon’s family are “immensely proud of the way he selflessly served and protected our community with distinction and honor for more than three years.”

“This is a horrific reminder of the dangers our brave men and women willingly face everyday to keep us safe,” Krewson said in her statement on Sunday.

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