Mother and child hide in bathroom as burglars ransack home
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A St. Louis police officer shot and injured one of two men accused of breaking into a house while a mother and her young child were inside.
Police believe Terrill Wise, 25, and Jahon Anderson, 27, kicked open the door of a home in the 4,000 block of Lafayette at around 12:30pm on Tuesday. The homeowner, a woman in her early 30s, heard the men kicking in the front door. She ran to an upstairs bathroom with her one-year-old child, hid in the tub with the curtain drawn, and called 911.
The mother told police she could hear the suspects ransacking her house. At one point a suspect entered the bathroom. He did not see the mother and child hiding behind a shower curtain.
Police officers came to the home because of the 911 call. They saw that the front door had been kicked in. Officers saw an SUV with the engine running in front of the home. They also saw the suspects inside the residence.
Investigators went into the home knowing the burglars were inside. They say Wise attacked an officer with a screw driver. Fearing for his safety, the officer shot and injured the suspect. The second suspect tried to swing a chair at the officer. The three struggled and fell through a sliding glass door that led to the patio at the rear of the home.
Wise ran to the parked SUV. He then drove to the intersection of Page and Hodiamont. He called 911 and reported he was the victim of a “drive by shooting.” Police noticed how soon this call came after the burglary and were suspicious. Police say he led officers on a foot chase through the neighborhood. He was eventually captured , resisted arrest and was tased by officers. He suffered cut wounds to his hands and was treated by EMS.
Anderson tried to run out of the front door of the home. He was confronted by another police officer and taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound and released to authorities.
Terrill Wise and Jahon Anderson have been charged with burglary in the 1st, assault in the 1st, resisting arrest, armed criminal action and property damage.
The officer was not hurt. He has been placed on administrative leave after firing on the suspect. This is department policy in all officer-involved shooting incidents.