ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - An alleged robber is dead, and two men believed to be his accomplices are hospitalized and facing second degree murder charges. It all comes after the group allegedly tried to rob an off duty sheriff’s deputy who was jogging with a friend in Forest Park. That off duty officer had a gun of his own.
It was about 11:15 Monday night when police say the 36-year-old off duty deputy and a female friend, 23, were jogging near the Grand Basin in Forest Park. Police say three men wearing hoodies with bandanas covering their mouths and noses approached, pulled at least one gun, and threatened the lives of their would-be victims. That’s when the deputy pulled his service weapon and opened fire.
One of the suspects, 18-year-old Antonio Nash, was hit three times in the lower abdomen. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second suspect, 20-year-old Joshua Hunter, was shot in the buttocks. He's at a hospital in critical but stable condition. The third suspect, 20 years old Jamaal Robinson, was hit in the neck. He's also hospitalized in guarded, stable condition.
St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer says he spoke to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson about the details, and is satisfied his deputy did everything right.
“From the conversation I had with the chief last night, and from the conversation with the deputy I have no reason to believe it’s not a justified shooting,” Neer said.
Some were curious about the fact the deputy and his friend were jogging at such a late hour. Forest Park actually has a 10pm curfew. Neer says if the deputy was in violation of a curfew, he should have to pay any ticket, but beyond that, he doesn’t find anything strange about the late night run.
“It wouldn’t be unusual for police officers who work evening shifts or late shifts to jog at midnight after they get off work. So as far him jogging at 11:00 at night with his duty weapon, I don’t find anything unusual about that at all.”
The two alleged accomplices in the robbery, Joshua Hunter and Jamaal Robinson, both of Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, were charged with 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, and armed criminal action.
The murder charges are the result of a Missouri statute allowing anyone involved in the commission of a felony to be charged with murder if anyone dies as the crime is being committed.
The suspect's gun was recovered at the scene.
St. Louis City Police Captain Michael Sack says the off-duty officer did identify himself. Neither the off-duty deputy nor his friend was hurt. In fact, the suspect never even got off any shots.
The off-duty officer is currently assigned to a federal task force and is on paid administrative leave. He has been a police officer for 16 years, but has been with the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department for the last six years.