FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) - A Fairview Heights police officer and a suspect were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds after a police chase through three cities early Thursday morning.
According to Jim Morrisey of the Illinois State Police, someone had been breaking into area hotels lately. Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, a Fairview Heights officer noticed a car leave a hotel parking and commit a traffic violation. That officer pulled the car over.
The stop went well, until K-9 officers came to the scene for backup.
'As the officers reapproached,' Morrisey explained. 'The driver of the vehicle discharged a weapon multiple times. One of the officers received injury to a hand. The three officers on the scene returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times.'
The driver took off, through Fairview Heights and Belleville. His Camaro crashed into a garage in Centreville at Lake Drive and Pershing Street. There were bullet holes in the door. From there, the driver was taken to a hospital and into custody facing several possible charges.
'Attempted murder, that would be the most serious charge,' Morrisey said. 'He fired at a police officer. Or aggravated battery, there's a multitude of charges that the state's attorney would be reviewing."
The 27-year-old black male suspect went to a St. Louis, Missouri hospital in unknown condition. His car stayed at the scene, while police applied for search warrants from the Illinois State Attorney`s Office. The officer was able to walk and talk while he was taken to the hospital. There was a 21-year-old female passenger. Morrisey said Fairview Heights police would look into any charges for her. Illinois State Police - at the request of Fairview Heights and per standard procedure for officer-involved shootings - will look into the officer`s actions.
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