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.