Suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting after carjacking, police say

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SPANISH LAKE, Mo. – A suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Spanish Lake on Monday morning, police said.

According to Officer Tracy Panus, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Police Department, Police say that a 67-year-old man and a child were carjacked in McDonald’s parking lot at around 6:45 a.m. on Bellefontaine Road.

A short time later, the victim and his grandson were walking along the sidewalk when the suspect did a u-turn, crossed over two lanes, and struck the man, Panus said. The suspect lost control of the stolen vehicle and crashed in the yard of a nearby residence. He jumped out of the vehicle and continued to run.

At that time, an off-duty St. Louis City sheriff’s deputy witnessed the incident and chased after the suspect. Police say the deputy then fired his weapon, striking the suspect. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. The suspect’s name has not been released.

The suspect had a weapon at some point that was used during the carjacking. There is no word if the suspect ever pointed it at the deputy.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County officers in the area noticed the victim and his grandson and began administering aid. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The child was not hurt.

The deputy is 51-years-old with 19 years of experience in law enforcement.

No officers were injured. The investigation is on going.

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