Good Samaritan who shot apartment intruder identified as off-duty Bel-Ridge officer

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – An off-duty St. Louis-area police officer shot and wounded a Christmas Eve intruder in a neighbor’s apartment in Illinois.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that authorities say that 22-year-old Steven M. Madden of Granite City, Illinois, tried to steal a woman’s car Tuesday afternoon outside Belleville, Illinois.

They said he was armed and broke several windows of a nearby apartment and threatened people inside with his weapon.

The St. Clair County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department said off-duty Bel-Ridge, Missouri, Officer Ronald Freeman heard the commotion and came to the apartment. He ordered Madden to drop his weapon and shot him twice when he refused.

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