ST. CLAIR, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man wanted for various offenses is recovering in a hospital after being shot multiple times by state troopers in a St. Clair gas station parking lot.
Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control obtained a felony arrest warrant for Jeffrey R. Weinhaus, 45, from St. Clair, Missouri Tuesday. The warrant was for possession of a controlled substance, tampering with a judicial officer and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.
Officers arranged a meeting with Weinhaus in the parking lot of the MFA gas station on Highway K, just south of St. Clair. Authorities said when Weinhaus arrived, he exited his vehicle and the troopers saw a holstered pistol on his side.
The troopers told Weinhaus several times to move his hands away from the weapon, but he did not. Instead, authorities report, he unsnapped his holster and began to draw the weapon. Officers then fired at Weinhaus, striking him several times. The troopers were able to secure the suspect’s gun and provided medical attention until emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
Weinhaus was taken to a St. Louis area hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.