Suspect shot, killed after chase, crash, struggle in St. Louis County
St. Louis County, Mo. (KMOV) – St. Louis County detectives are investigating after a police officer shot and killed a suspect following a chase, crash and struggle on a roadway early Saturday morning.
According to police, Pine Lawn officers pulled over a vehicle for a wanted person alert near Interstate 70 and Jennings Station Rd. During the traffic stop, Christopher Jones; vehicle prematurely left the scene and a chase began, police said.
"This vehicle came through at a very high rate of speed, driving very erratically through traffic," said Pine Lawn Director of Public Safety Anthony Gray. "I understand the officer actually clocked the driver going 90 in a 55."
Authorities ran the plates of Jones vehicle and found that Jones had failed to return the car to a rental company. Police also said Jones has a criminal history that includes arrests for drugs, assaults, resisting arrest, passing bad checks, and attacking his probation officer.
Officers said the chase ended when Jones' vehicle crashed at Interstate 170 and Interstate 70. Jones ran from the scene of the accident and the Pine Lawn officer chased him on foot.
The officer caught up to Jones and a struggle began. A source told News 4 an officer tased Jones.
Authorities said the suspect was shot and killed during the struggle. Police later identified the suspect as Christopher Jones, 30.
"We have no reason to believe our officer did anything wrong at this point," said Gray. "But we are going to allow the independent investigation to either confirm or refute that belief that we have."
The southbound Interstate 170 ramp onto westbound Interstate 70 was shut down between 3:00 a.m. and about 7:50 a.m. while officers investigated the shooting.