ST. LOUIS – A man accused of killing two people in Franklin County was taken into custody Sunday afternoon after leading police on a chase through south St. Louis.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Timothy Kalter has been on the run since Jan. 4. That evening, deputies and other first responders were called to a home in the 2400 block of Spring Valley Drive in Pacific for a reported shooting.

Deputies found a man and woman had been shot outside the residence. The man, identified as Ronald Cline Jr., was pronounced dead. Cline was 39. The woman, Leslie Barstow, was rushed to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. She was 34.

In addition to the murders, Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said Kalter has active warrants for first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Sunday’s crash happened around 4:35 p.m. at I-55 and Bates Avenue, located in the Carondelet neighborhood.

St. Louis police claim to have spotted Timothy Kalter driving on the interstate and tried to pull him over. Kalter sped off and ultimately crashed through an exit sign and two fences. His vehicle caught fire and Kalter attempted to escape on foot.

Officers took Kalter into custody about a block away. He was then taken to a local hospital.

Sheriff Pelton said getting Kalter into custody is the first step of bringing justice to the Cline and Barstow families.