WENTZVILLE, Mo. – A late-night police chase in St. Charles County ends with officers shooting and killing a suspect in Wentzville. A stretch of I-70 west in Wentzville was shut down for hours as the police investigation unfolded.

The highway has since reopened.

This all started around 10:45 p.m. on I-70 West near Highway 79 in the St. Peters area. FOX 2 investigators with the St. Charles County Criminal Interdiction Task Force ran a pick-up truck’s license plate, and it did not match the vehicle.

Sgt. Jacob Schmidt with the Wentzville Police Department said officers tried to pull the truck over, but Schmidt shared that it sped off, starting the chase.

Spike strips were put out at 70 West and Highway Z. The truck ran over the spike strips and stopped a short time later in a grassy area off the right side of 70 West near Langtree Drive.

Two people – a man and a woman, got out and tried to run from officers.

Schmidt explained that the male driver of the truck the pointed a gun at officers and that is when officers fired.

“Two officers fired shots, striking the driver suspect. Both suspects were taken into custody on scene, a short distance from that vehicle. Officers and medics immediately rendered aid to the driver suspect. Medics were able to stabilize the suspect enough to transport him to the hospital. Unfortunately, he was later pronounced deceased at the hospital,” Sgt Schmidt shared.

One of the officers who fired is from the St. Peter’s Police Department. The other is with St. Charles PD. No officers were hurt.

Schmidt said the suspect’s gun was recovered.

A special police unit is now looking into this incident to try and ensure a fair and transparent investigation.