ST. LOUIS – Police said detectives were in the area of Belt and Ridge when they heard a gunshot and saw the victim collapse in the street. Authorities told FOX 2 that two suspects got into a Yukon Denali and tried to drive away.
That’s when police shared that the detectives attempted to stop the SUV, but the driver would not pull over. A brief pursuit then started.
Police explained that the detectives were able to curb the SUV at the Theodosia and Arlington Avenues, and took the two suspects into custody without any further incident.
Authorities also shared that during the chase, a gun was thrown out of the suspects’ SUV.
The police were able to recover it.
Investigators have identified the man who was shot and killed as 29-year-old Joseph Scott. His address is listed as being very close to where he was murdered.
The names of the suspects haven’t been released yet, but police told us they are both adults, one is 57 years old, and the other is 54 years old.
The Homicide division has taken over the investigation.
This is the third murder of the new year in the city of St. Louis. There were 200 murders in the city both last year and in 2021. This comes after the new St. Louis City Police Chief Robert Tracy took office Monday, January 9.
Tracy expressed that one of his priorities is getting the community to cooperate in order to help solve crimes like homicides.
FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.