Caught on camera: Doorbell video shows Florissant police officer hitting suspect with patrol car

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


FLORISSANT, Mo. – A Florissant police officer is suspended after a video surfaces of what shows a police officer’s SUV striking a man who appears to be running away. Now there are questions surfacing about the video that’s going viral on social media.

The video was provided to our news station by a Dellwood resident’s doorbell camera. The video appears to show an unmarked vehicle strike a man on June 2, 2020. 

The video also shows the detectives get out of the vehicle, then apparently get on top of the man and hit him as he tries to restrain his hands behind his back. You can hear a lot of yelling in the video and the officers use strong words. 

“It depicts a citizen being struck by a police vehicle. A 20- year-old man was taken to the hospital. After seeing that video, I was deeply concerned about the content and shortly after I spoke with the St. Louis County Police Crimes Against Persons Division on the conduct and asked for an independent investigation to see if there were any wrongdoing on the part of the officer,” said Florissant Timothy Fagan.

Chief Fagan says he saw the video for the first time Saturday, four days after the incident took place. St. Louis County Prosecutor Attorney Wesley Bell recused himself from the investigation and requested St. Charles County Tim Lohmar handle the investigation.

Bell released this statement:

“Upon learning of the existence of the video, we immediately began making investigative inquiries. We quickly learned that our office had a conflict of interest: a close relative of a staffer in our office was at the scene of the incident. The case was then assigned to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lomar to act as a Special Prosecutor, as is our standard practice in conflict cases. We advised Florissant Chief Fagen to refer this matter to St. Louis County PD as well as the FBI for an independent investigation, which he informs us that he has already done.”

“We reached out and asked for some independent eyes to look at this because we along with the public deserve to know what happened,” said Fagan. 

Chief Fagan said police were looking for a black Dodge Charger in connection with shots fired across from the police department earlier this week. 

The suspect is a 20-year-old male who was wanted on pending charges. He was sent the hospital with an injury to the ankle, police said.

A Missouri National guardsman stands guard at the entrance to the Florissant Police Department in Florissant, Missouri on June 7, 2020. The guard has been called in to protect the property after a video was released that shows a police SUV knocking a man to the ground. The 31-year-old driver , a nine year veteran of the department, has been suspended. The man who appeared to be running from police, was not seriously hurt. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Bommarito Automotive Sky flew over the Florissant Police Department Saturday as the National Guard Troops were at each entrance.

City workers and firefighters boarded up the facility. Neighboring businesses tell FOX2 they were warned by police to do the same but were not told why.

The detective involved in the incident spent nine years on the force and is now suspended as the investigation continues.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News