Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors


BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. – A man wanted for a parole violation and a violent crime charge was taken to the hospital after being shot by police late Monday afternoon in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Officers say he pulled a gun on them after a chase. Police now say that Patches Holmes, 26, has now died.

The incident occurred in the 10400 block of Bellefontaine Road. A tip was sent to officers about Holmes, who was on parole for a violent crime, violating his parole with another violent crime. He was and was spotted in the area.

A photo of the gun seized from Holmes.

A St. Louis County police officer in a marked vehicle tried to stop Holmes but police said he ignored them and kept driving south on Bellefontaine Road, where another officer put out “stop sticks.” Three of the suspect’s car tires were punctured.

Officer Tracy Panus, a St. Louis County police spokeswoman said Holmes and two others ran from the car. The suspect was located under the porch of a home. Police said he pulled out a gun and pointed it at police. That is when police opened fire.

“My husband and I hear a pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. He said those were shots. I said, ‘Oh my God,’ so the neighbors start coming out, we start coming out because, again, this is very unusual in this area,” said resident Joy Owens-Johnson.

Panus said it did not have to end in violence.

“All of this could have been alleviated had they just followed the commands of the officers and stopped like when you and I get pulled over,” she said.

The two other men in the car were arrested almost immediately. One was armed.

“There’s going to be more and more of this until we improve relations between law enforcement and citizens,” said resident Stacy Brown. “That’s just the reality of it.”

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