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Firefighter killed in St. Louis-area standoff

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Associated Press - July 21, 2008 11:53 AM ET

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis firefighter was shot to death Monday and two other emergency workers were injured in a standoff with a gunman.

The incident began with a report of a pickup truck fire Monday morning in Maplewood, just southwest of St. Louis. When firefighters arrived, someone began firing shots. Police responded, and at least one officer was also reportedly struck.

St. Mary's Hospital spokesman Eric Clark says a firefighter/paramedic from Maplewood was killed.

A Maplewood police officer was also taken to the hospital and was being treated for a gunshot wound to the right shoulder. Clark says his injury is not considered life-threatening.

The third injured emergency worker was taken to another hospital. There was no word on the worker's condition.

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