ST. CHARLES COUNTY – A police chase ended in a soybean field near West Alton, Missouri just before 5:00 p.m. Friday. Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and St. Charles County Police officers. The suspect, 26-year-old Anthony Budduke, has died from his wounds.
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St. Charles County Police said at 3:49 p.m. they were called to a burglary at a home on Highway H in St. Charles County. The homeowner confronted the suspect and the suspect began shooting.
Officers responded and set up spike strips causing the suspect’s car to have four flat tires. The suspect was able to continue driving and shot at officers and flashed his gun at other cars driving by.
During the chase, police were able to get in touch with the suspect via cell phone.
“He was on the phone with some of our officers making threatening statements to the officers,” St. Charles County Police Chief Kurt Frisz said. “He indicated there was a female occupant in the vehicle as well and said lives will be lost if you don’t back off.
said they were on the phone with the suspect and the suspect threatened the officers and the passenger inside the car.
When the suspect stopped in a soybean field in West Alton he and the passenger jumped out of the car. The suspect shot at police from behind his car. Officers shot back. The suspect was hit twice and taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries where he later died.
The passenger was not injured.