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Officer injured in pursuit of burglar suspect at Capital City construction site

A police officer was injured Saturday morning while chasing a burglar suspect at the construction site of Capital City High School. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

A police officer was injured Saturday morning while chasing a burglar suspect at the construction site of Capital City High School.

A release stated the officer came across a white male, described as having a slender build with dark hair and wearing a red hoodie and blue jeans, who had tried to burglarize a trailer on the site.

The officer tried to speak with the suspect, but the individual ran away. The police officer chased after the suspect, who pointed a firearm at the officer during the pursuit.

The release stated due to the active construction site, the officer suffered a leg injury during the chase and was unable to take the suspect into custody.

Jefferson City Police Department Lt. David Williams said they were using all available resources to find the suspect.

"We want to get this person off the street because we don't want them to encounter a construction worker who may be there after hours or doing something like that, because although this person did point a firearm at an officer, who knows what they would do to a citizen if confronted again," he said.

Williams said it is important to keep items secure so they do not get taken.

"Our recommendation to anyone, not just the construction companies, secure your property as best you can," he said. "Making sure that the locks are there. Put very good lighting in the areas that you have your valuables. It helps us. Also keeping track of serial numbers, identifiers, so where if you are a victim of a crime we can find that when we actually make traffic stops on people in the middle of the night or the middle of the afternoon or whatever it is."

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect has been asked to contact the Jefferson City Police Department at (573) 634-6400 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 659-TIPS (8477).

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