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Officer: "If they're going to shoot at the police, who won't they shoot at?"

by Maggie Crane

KMOV.com

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

A felon is back behind bars after allegedly shooting at a police officer.

Roy Reynolds is accused of leading Pine Lawn police on a pursuit into St. Louis city, then shooting at the officer who tried to arrest him.

It's a bold crime that we seem to be seeing more of all the time. So what does it mean for the rest of us when criminals are willing to take down cops? I talked to the officer who dodged a bullet.

He's only 19, but he's no stranger to running from police: in 2009, Roy Reynolds pleaded guilty to stealing a car, then resisting arrest. Police say it was the gateway to greater crimes and believed that it was only a matter of time before they caught up with him again.

Pine Lawn Police Corporal Steven Blakeney found himself in a shootout with Roy Reynolds.

"All you're thinking about is just getting through it," Cpl. Blakeney said.

Police showed me the handgun they say the 19-year-old Reynolds used after it was recovered at the scene Friday night.

"You're already a felon. How did you get your hands on another weapon?" I asked Reynolds as he was being transferred from Pine Lawn to St. Louis. "Do you have anything to say for yourself? Shooting at a cop in uniform?"

He didn't answer. But once in the back of a police cruiser, I tried again:

"Anything you want to say, Roy?"

"I didn't shoot at nobody, and I'm sorry for shooting," Reynolds told me.

"It's probably the worst it gets," Cpl. Blakeney said. "As a police officer, to have someone shoot at you -- knowing that you're a police officer, because if they're going to shoot at the police, who won't they shoot at?"

And that puts all of us in danger. Police have recovered revolvers, semi-automatic handguns, even AK-47s from felons.

"They'll take anything they can get their hands on," Cpl. Blakeney said. The Pine Lawn afternoon watch commander says that "most of the guns that are stolen from cars or houses or are illegally obtained, are most often used in crimes against persons."

It can also leave the good guys out-gunned against a trigger-happy suspect. Pine Lawn keeps well-equipped police cars, but not every department is as fortunate. Pine Lawn calls itself a "zero tolerance crime community," trying to crack down on gun crime.

"(The suspects) always have the first go, the first jump," Cpl. Blakeney said. "You're always reacting to their action, so they're always one-up on us."

And that makes an officer's training often the difference between life and death.

"Are you sorry for what you did?" I asked Reynolds.

"Yeah," Reynolds said. "'Cause I ain't do nothin'."

"But you are sorry for it?" I asked.

Reynolds merely shook his head yes.

Pine Lawn police are now looking to question Reynolds in several other unsolved shootings in their city.

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