Suspect charged in north St. Louis officer-involved shooting


by Staff

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 2:42 PM

ST. LOUIS ( -- The suspect who ran from police and was shot by an officer in north St. Louis on Thursday is facing multiple charges stemming from the confrontation.

According to reports, Joshua Hackman, 23, has been charged with second-degree drug trafficking, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Hackman's charges stem from an incident that happened around 7 p.m. on Thursday when someone called police and reported multiple people walking along the street carrying guns in the Bircher and Davison neighborhood.

Two officers in uniform responded in a marked patrol car.  By the time they arrived, Hackman was the only person officers saw walking.  The officers called out to Hackman and attempted to make a pedestrian stop, but he started running.

At one point, a pursuin officer saw the suspect was carrying a handgun. 

As the suspect cut back to the alley, the other officer exited a patrol car. The officer on foot shouted to the officer in the alley that Hackman had a gun. 

As the suspect ran into the alley, the officer saw the gun and shouted for the suspect to drop it.

The suspect, according to police, pointed the gun and the officer fired several shots. 

The suspect was hit in the front torso and is in critical condition. He had no identification on him. Police guess that the man is in his late teens or early 20s.

After the incident, police recovered the suspects gun.  The man didn’t fire any shots at police. 

It was not initially clear how many shots the officer fired. 

The officer who fired the weapon is 29-years-old and has been on the force six-and-a-half years.  Per standard procedure, the officer is on paid administrative leave.

Hackman remains in the hospital.