FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Franklin County police officer was injured and a suspect was shot during a lengthy pursuit involving several police departments on Thursday.
Timothy J. Kalter, 31, was reportedly spotted by Franklin County police at a Phillips 66 gas station around 3 p.m. in Villa Ridge. Police say they had been actively searching for Kalter for two weeks.
Authorities believe Kalter has been involved in several crimes since his release from prison on November 15.
During the two-week search, police made several attempts to stop Kalter's vehicle as he drove through Franklin County.
As a result, Kalter and police were involved in several pursuits that exceeded 100 miles per hour. Authorities made the decision to discontinue the chases involving Kalter because of safety concerns.
On Thursday, Kalter allegedly stole another vehicle after meeting up with a woman who had listed her Ford Mustang for sale on Craigslist.
According to police, the victim said she received a phone call on Thursday from a man named “Chris.” Police say she agreed to meet him outside a Kohls store in Creve Couer for a test drive.
The victim said she drove to the lot with her boyfriend and when she arrived, Kalter was leaning against a white Ford Explorer, which authorities later said was stolen.
The victim reportedly agreed to let Kalter take the car for a test drive around the parking lot. Kalter then threw his keys on the hood of the Explorer and said, “My keys are on the hood right there.”
According to the victim, Kalter got in the car, left the parking lot and did not return.
Later that day, officers made another attempt at taking Kalter into custody, but he allegedly fled police. Kalter was then spotted at a Burger King Restaurant near Highway AT and Highway 100.
A Franklin County deputy attempted to apprehend him, and it appeared the pursuit would be over. Kalter instead jumped in his car and took off.
Police say when the officer attempted to reach into the suspect's car and turn off the engine, Kalter pressed down on the accelerator and began to drag him. The officer then drew his weapon and began to fire.
At some point, the officer was thrown off the moving car. The police officer was eventually able to shoot the suspect in the arm and torso.
According to authorities, the officer was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He was later released.
Kalter fled on Interstate 44 toward St. Louis County, temporarily eluding police.
Coleman Elementary, located near the scene of the shooting, was loading their students onto buses at the end of the day. Police contacted the school, and warned them to keep their students indoors.
Once the suspect escaped onto I-44, all five schools in the Meramec Valley School District called their buses back to the school, unloaded the children and kept the buildings locked down.
In the brief time the officers lost sight of Kalter, he reportedly picked up a female passenger. Police say she was transporting Kalter to the hospital.
The pursuit ended on westbound I-44 near Pacific, after Kalter and the female passenger surrendered.
Kalter was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington and then to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. Police have not released information on his condition.
Charges are expected to be filed upon his release.