Pair charged in Jefferson County shooting, police chase

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Carey Williams Jr. and Donald Michaels III. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

Carey Williams Jr. and Donald Michaels III. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) – The Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged two men in connection with a home burglary and shooting, culminating in a police chase Thursday afternoon.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, deputies were called to the 6800 block of Old Lemay Ferry Road in Imperial around 4:25 p.m. for a burglary.

A homeowner discovered a broken window after coming back home and heard two people talking inside. The homeowner called over a neighbor and the two entered the residence to investigate. They two found the suspects inside, who shot at them and ran off. The homeowner and his neighbor were not wounded, but a glass pane was shattered and a small shard struck the homeowner in the wrist.

The burglary suspects got into a red Volkswagen and drove away, but the homeowner was able to provide police with a description of the suspect and vehicle.

Just after 4:55 p.m., the burglary suspects pulled into a driveway in the 3500 block of East 4 Ridge Road off Highway 21. A man had just returned home from work when the suspects pulled in behind him. They asked him about a dog and then shot at him. The victim in this incident was wounded in the shoulder.

The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated and eventually released.

Sheriff Boyer said deputies stopped the Volkswagen around 5:10 p.m. in the area of Brookstone Drive. When one of the deputies got out of their vehicle, the suspects drove off. Authorities chased the suspects into the Brookshire Trailer Park. The suspects shot out the rear window of their own vehicle to fire at law enforcement. Deputies were not injured.

The chase continued along Highway 21 to Mattis Road. The suspects eventually crashed near an apartment complex on Summit Knoll Drive and were arrested.

The two suspects were identified as 34-year-old Donald Michaels III and 24-year-old Carey Williams Jr., both of House Springs. They were each charged with one count of first-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree assault, four counts of armed criminal action, one count of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count of resisting arrest.

Michaels and Williams remain jailed on $1 million cash-only bond each.