ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Four suspects have now been charged in connections with multiple robberies in the St. Louis area that led to a police pursuit and an officer-involved shooting in north city.
The shooting took place on Wednesday in the 4800 block of Maffitt shortly before midnight, and left two 23-year-olds injured.
According to police, around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were alerted to two armed robberies that happened within moments of each other. In both incidents, the suspect vehicle description was the same.
Shortly thereafter, there was an attempted robbery at Lee and Marcus in north St. Louis. Officers in the area on an unrelated investigation say they saw a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in all three robberies.
Those officers were in an unmarked car and began to follow the suspect vehicle to the 4800 block of Sacramento, also in north St. Louis. Here, one of the suspects got out of the vehicle, took cover behind a tree and opened fire on the officers. He then fled the scene. Officers continued to follow the suspect vehicle to the 4800 block of Maffitt where the other three suspects got out of the car.
At this point, one of the officers pursued one of the four suspects on foot. According to police, that officer says he saw the suspect, 23-year-old Jason Clark, with a gun and ordered him to drop it, but the suspect did not comply and instead pointed the gun at the officer.
The officer then fired shots at Clark, who then ran though a gangway with the officer chasing behind him. Clark was shot in the lower back. He was released from the hospital and charged with first-degree robbery, four counts of armed criminal action, two counts of attempted robbery, second-degree assault on an officer and resisting arrest. He is being held on $100,00 bond.
Clark, of the 8200 block of Eads, has been charged with first degree robbery, four counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first degree attempted robbery, second degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. A judge has set bond for Clark at $100,000 – cash only.
The 38-year-old officer that fired at Clark is a 13-year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave.
The second suspect, 23-year-old Sylvester Johnson, tried to run from the scene, police say. However, he was caught in the 4800 block of Highland. Johnson reportedly tried to resist arrest and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and was later released.
Johnson, of the 7600 block of Lynn Avenue, was charged with first degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first degree attempted robbery, resisting arrest and third degree assault on an officer.
He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
The third suspect, 26-year-old Ronnie McGowan, was found in the 4600 block of Natural Bridge Ave. trying to sell a handgun to bystanders in the area. He was taken into custody and charged with first degree robbery, six counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first degree attempted robbery, two counts of first degree assault and unlawful use and transfer of a weapon.
It is not clear if that gun was the same one used to shoot at officers in the 4800 block of Sacramento.
McGowan, of the 1300 block of Cove Lane in St. Louis County, is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
The fourth suspect, David Brown of the 2400 block of Switzer, fled the scene and was caught and arrested several days after the shooting. Brown has been charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree attempted robbery and three counts of armed criminal action. He is being held on $75,000 cash only bond.