Court records: Man found in burned car had exchanged shots with off-duty officer
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has issued warrants for the arrest of Dominic Irons, 29, for 2nd degree murder, 1st degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. By Daniel Fredman
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The off-duty St. Louis police officer who was wounded in a shooting on December 19 on the city’s north side exchanged gunfire with the suspect, which resulted in the death of another man, a probable cause statement released Monday says.
Police said Dominic Irons was the driver of a vehicle, which was occupied by at least one other person, when it followed a dark-colored truck in the 3800 block of North 25th Street. According to the probable cause statement, Irons drove next to the off-duty officer’s car as he pulled next to a curve to exit the car. At that time, Irons and Terrell Beasley, who was also in the car, began firing shots at the officer, who was identified only as DM in court records.
The off-duty officer was able to return fire, and during the shootout, Beasley was killed. Beasley’s body was later found in a burned vehicle in the 700 block of Thrush. Court records indicate Beasley was killed "as a result of the attempted perpetration of the class A felony of assault first degree."
The officer spent one week in the hospital due to an arterial injury and nerve damage as a result of the shooting.
Irons, 29, was charged with 2nd degree murder, 1st degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Irons was released from the Department of Corrections on the same day as the December 19 shooting. Irons’ criminal history dates back to 2002, including seven counts of vehicle theft, attempted car theft, and drugs and weapons charges.