ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A 23 year old robbery suspect is dead after a shootout with St. Louis police. It happened on Famous Avenue, just south of the Dogtown neighborhood in south city. Police say three men burst into the home in the 6200 block in what appeared to be a robbery.
Police identified the suspect as Brandon Jones.
“It looks like it was a home invasion where the victim was held and somehow, some way managed to contact the police,” Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole told reporters. “The officers responded, and that’s when they approached and encountered the suspects.”
Two female officers, ages 48 and 38, approached the back of the house when two of the suspects started shooting. The officers returned fire, hitting one of the men in the chest. He died at the hospital a couple of hours later. The other two fled on foot.
Four doors down, Emily Ratliff heard some kind of commotion.
“I was putting my daughter down for a nap and all of a sudden I hear a guy yell help me!” she said.
Her husband went outside to see what was going on.
“There’s a cop yelling at him, get back in the house, and there are dozens of police officers running down the street with their weapons drawn.”
Officers, including the SWAT team, poured into the area in search of the other two men. After a manhunt that lasted more than an hour, the pair was located in what’s described as a drainage ditch along train tracks near the River Des Peres. One was injured, suffering either contusions or a graze wound from a bullet.
As cops rushed to help officers in need, one didn’t make it to the scene. A thirty-four year old officer was in a traffic accident just a few blocks away. He and another motorist collided, causing his police cruiser to flip. The 34 year old officer has been on the department about three and a half years. He’s hospitalized in stable condition.
Police are still looking for a woman they describe as an accomplice to the three men in the home invasion. She fled the scene in a blue S-U-V. The vehicle was recovered late Tuesday afternoon near Nebraska Avenue in south city, but she’s still on the run.
Anyone with any information on the woman on the loose can contact Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).