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Cop charged for shooting shoplifter.

Byline: Associated Press

CLAYTON, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis police officer who says she meant to use her stun gun but mistakenly grabbed her service revolver was indicted on a second-degree assault charge Wednesday for shooting a suspected shoplifter outside a grocery store.

St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell said Julia Crews, 37, is charged in the April 23 shooting on the parking lot of a Schnucks store in Ladue. The woman who was shot was seriously hurt, Bell said.

The 33-year-old woman, who is black, remains in a hospital. While authorities said she will survive, her father, Robert Hall, said she is "fighting for her life."

She hasn't been charged in the shoplifting.

Crews' attorney, Travis Noble, described the officer as "devastated," and called the shooting a case of "weapon confusion."

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 2, 2019
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