Suspect charged after chase forces lockdown of 7 Washington schools

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 3:34 AM

WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV) – A suspected gunman who led police on a short chase before exiting his vehicle with a gun on Tuesday has been charged.

Derrick Howard, 24, was charged Wednesday with felony resisting arrest, 2nd-degree felony assault on a law enforcement officer, driving with a revoked license and imprudent driving.

According to police, a deputy initially pulled over Howard for reckless driving Tuesday afternoon.

“There was a short pursuit, the truck pulls over. The guy tells the deputy to come to the truck. The deputy says ‘I’m not coming to the truck.”

Deputies said Howard asked the officer twice. When the deputy refused again, Howard got back in the truck and led police on another pursuit.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of Pottery and Deiner. Howard bailed out of his truck, grabbed a rifle and headed into the woods.

The pursuing officer said Howard was dressed in military fatigues and was carrying a “long gun.”

Deputies said Howard was found a short time later behind a house on the outskirts of Washington, but authorities were still looking for the gun. According to deputies, Howard said he was holding a stick.

Authorities said Howard also threw off his fatigues, which were later found in the woods.

As a safety precaution, seven schools in the Washington School District were placed on lockdown. Two officers were specifically stationed at Washington West Middle School, which was closest to where the suspect had last been seen.

All lockdowns were later lifted.

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