FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Police say a Metro-East man who shot an officer and led police on a car chase remains in critical condition Friday, but faces numerous felony charges if he survives.
According to a statement released from St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, the suspect faces the following charges:
1. Attempted first degree murder (two counts)
2. Aggravated battery with a firearm
3. Aggravated discharge of a firearm (three counts)
4. Aggravated unlawful use of weapon (by felon)
5. Unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver
6. Armed violence
7. Aggravated fleeing
Police said the man was pulled over for an unspecified offense at the intersection of Highway 50 and Bunham Road in Fairview Heights, Ill. around 3 a.m.
After running the identification of the suspect, the officer called for K9 units.
As the officer was returning to the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect allegedly pulled out a weapon and opened fire, striking the officer in the hand.
The officer returned fire and hit the suspect as he fled.
Police said a 21-year-old female was inside the suspect’s vehicle, but her involvement in the incident was unknown.
Authorities began chasing the suspect in Fairview Heights. The pursuit ended in Centreville, after the suspect crashed into a garage on Pershing Street.
The driver was taken into custody at the scene of the crash. Police did not say if the female passenger was arrested.
In the release, the suspect is described as "incapacitated, immobilized, and being monitored by law enforcement." He remains in a St. Louis hospital's intensive care unit.