ST. LOUIS – A man is now charged with assault on a law enforcement officer following last Thursday’s incident. Mark Taylor is also charged with armed criminal action.
Police were investigating calls for shots fired in the Penrose Neighborhood. When officers arrived, one of them asked Taylor to drop his weapon.
According to St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, the man ignored verbal commands and fired at the officers’ patrol car, which sustained damage.
One of the officers fired and struck the armed suspect, Chief Hayden said. The suspect then ran around the corner to the 4700 block of Kossuth where he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound in his upper torso.
Chief Hayden confirmed one officer was involved in the shooting but that officer was not injured.
Officers recovered three guns at the scene — the gun that was fired by the suspect and two others from a nearby porch. At least 40 shell casings were found in the area.
The investigation is ongoing.
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