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ST. LOUIS, MO — A man is charged after driving his car into a vigil for a transgender woman killed by police.  Mark Colao faces a felony charge for resisting arrest after fleeing the scene.  He also faces misdemeanor charges for careless operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of the accident.

The incident happened Wednesday night on Manchester Road not far from the Transgender Memorial Garden where the vigil was held for Kiwi Herring.   St. Louis Police say that the vehicle approached the protesters, the driver honked their horn and attempted to drive around the demonstration.

Police say that  protesters surrounded the vehicle and began striking it.  They also kicked and jumped on top of the vehicle.  Some of the protesters  suffered minor injuries, such as scrapes and cuts, but none needed medical attention.

Colao started to drive away when three protesters fell from the vehicle. Court documents say that when police tried to stop the vehicle the driver gave a middle finger gesture.
He then aggressively drove east on Chouteau. The driver came to an abrupt stop near Grand. When the driver finally stopped, he was taken into custody and identified.

Herring was shot and killed by St. Louis police officers Tuesday, following a call for a cutting in north St. Louis. Officers arrived on the scene and confronted Herring, who was holding a knife and refused to drop the weapon.

Herring stabbed an officer in the arm and a neighbor.  A partner of Herring, Kristy Thompson, was charged with assault and armed criminal action for her role in the stabbing of a neighbor who is still in serious condition.

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