(KMOV) – A 24-year-old De Soto man is out free on bond after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers, prompting a dangerous foot chase on Monday.
On Sunday around 1:27 a.m., a De Soto police officer was flagged down by two men in the area of South Main and Commercial Streets.
The subjects reportedly told the officer they witnessed a man running north on East Main Street carrying what they believed to be either a pipe or handgun.
Furthermore, they described the man as wearing “military-style fatigues” and last seen running between two rows of train cars in the Union Pacific Rail yard.
Following the report, additional officers responded to the area and began a searching for the suspect.
According to authorities, two officers found the suspect lying between two train cars in the rail yard. Of the two officers, one was a K9 officer who was accompanied by his police service dog.
Authorities say after ordering the suspect to surrender, he got to his feet, removed a handgun from his waist band and pointed it at officers before fleeing.
Following several verbal commands to drop his weapon, the K9 officer reportedly released his police service dog toward the suspect.
According to authorities, the suspect was apprehended by the police service dog until officers arrived. The suspect continued to struggle and resist, however, officers were eventually able to handcuff him.
The suspect was transported to Mercy Jefferson Hospital for treatment following the incident. He was later transported to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for additional treatment.
De Soto officers with the assistance of the police K9 located a silver Taurus .44 magnum pistol the suspect had thrown into a wooded area.
Authorities say the handgun was fully loaded at the time it was recovered. Additionally, the suspect reportedly had several round of .44 caliber ammunition on his person.
Upon further investigation, officers learned the suspect had been involved in an altercation earlier with the two witnesses at Fat Boy’s Bar in De Soto.
Authorities are looking into the possibility that the suspect went to his residence to get the handgun with plans to return to the bar and confront the witnesses.
Following treatment, the suspect was placed in the custody of De Soto police before posting bond on an outstanding traffic charge from Maries County.
According to authorities, several felony charges are being sought against the suspect.
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