ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Police are investigating an incident in north St. Louis County after a prisoner was shot to death while struggling with an Alton, Illinois police officer.
According to reports, the incident happened near the intersection of Dunn Road and Highway 367.
Chief Hayes with the Alton Police Department said the female prisoner, identified as Stephanie Hicks, was being transported by an Alton officer to Christian Northeast Hospital for mental services when a struggle ensued.
During the struggle, the woman was shot. Officials say they do not know if the woman shot herself or if she was shot by the Alton officer. Initial reports suggested the woman got a hold of the officer’s gun and shot herself.
Hicks was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Police said the Alton officer involved in the shooting, a 13-year veteran, was not injured.
St. Louis County Police continue to investigate.