Police say a suicidal teen shot himself in the face near Ferguson, Mo., drawing conflicting reports from witnesses who say cops wounded the man.
The 18-year-old was exchanging gunfire with Normandy police officers Wednesday afternoon when he turned the gun on himself, the St. Louis County Police Department said.
That critical blow to his face followed a brief police chase and an attempt to use a Taser, "which was ineffective," the investigating department said.
While pursuing the teen on foot, the officers said they momentarily lost sight of him before they heard an additional gunshot.
"As officers turned the corner, they observed the unresponsive male lying on the ground and rendered first aid. The male was transported to an area hospital where his condition is listed as critical," they stated in a release.