Police Stop Shooting Suspect After Chase On I-44

Posted on: 1:51 pm, January 29, 2013, by , updated on: 10:16pm, January 29, 2013

FENTON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police say a suspect pulled over for speeding, pulled out a semi-automatic hand gun and fired three to five shots in the direction of an officer.

The pullover was on east bound I-44 near the Eureka exit Tuesday afternoon.

One of the shots penetrated the windshield of the officer`s cruiser but the officer was not injured and did not return fire.

Police say the suspect then sped away before losing control of his vehicle and crashing.  Traffic on I-44 was temporarily blocked while police through down spike strips in an effort to flatten the suspect’s tires.  Police say the suspect’s semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene of the crash.

As of Tuesday night police did not have a clear motive for the shooting.

“He felt like he had a reason and we`re going to find out before it`s all said and done,” said Officer Randy Vaughn, St. Louis County Police spokesperson.

Vaughn said the crash was close to where the St. Louis County tactical unit trains.  The unit responded to help.

“They are trained in talking people out of situations and he was talked out of his vehicle eventually,” said Vaughn.

He expected the suspect to be charged with assault of a law enforcement officer.  As of Tuesday night no charges had been filed so the 36-year-old man`s identity was not released.

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