ST. LOUIS—A bulletproof vest is credited with saving the life of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was wounded in a shootout with a Wentzville man accused of robbing an eastern Missouri bank.
Warren Gladders, 64, was charged in Warren County on Saturday with first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree robbery and possession of a stolen sawed-off shotgun.
According to deputies, Gladders on Friday robbed the First Bank of Dutzow in the 700 block of Bluff Rd. around 9:20 a.m. and drove away on Highway 94.
Deputies said a Missouri state trooper later saw a white sedan matching the suspect’s description on Highway F south of Highway D near New Melle and turned around.
Authorities said the trooper pulled over Gladders, who got out of his vehicle starting shooting at the officer, hitting him multiple times in the chest. The officer returned fire, striking Gladders at least once in his lower body. Deputies said the bullets did not penetrate the trooper’s body because he was wearing a vest. He will likely only suffer bruises, according to authorities.
Gladders’ attorney says the 64-year-old suspect remained hospitalized but he didn’t have additional information.