A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy shot a suspected thief who lunged at the deputy after being confronted in an abandoned nursing home Wednesday morning south of Festus.
The man was shot in the shoulder about 8 a.m., apparently as he and the deputy struggled over the deputy’s gun. The man, 30, was in critical condition but is expected to survive.
Sheriff Dave Marshak said the deputy suffered minor injuries as the two struggled.
The shooting was at Benchmark Healthcare of Festus, at 12827 Highway TT. The building is vacant and under renovation.
The deputy was there to check on a reported trespasser. Neighbors keep an eye on the building and routinely report trespassers or suspicious activity, police said.