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2 Men charged with opening fire on police officer during St. Louis chase

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV.com) – At least two men were charged after they allegedly fired shots at a St. Louis Metropolitian police officer. One other suspect was also taken into custody. 

Robert Simmons, 19, was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. Demetreius Vanarsdale, 24, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

According to police, an officer attempted to pull over a Pontiac Bonneville with temporary tags just before 9:30 p.m.

Authorities say when the officer attempted to stop the car, the driver fled. 

During the pursuit, police say the driver of the Pontiac fired shots at the officer. This prompted an officer in need of aid call.

A witness told police the driver of the Pontiac ran into a house in the 4200 block of West Evans.

When police entered the residence, they recovered three handguns and three male occupants were arrested.

Cash-only bond for Simmons was set at $150,000 and $35,000 for Vanarsdale. 

The Pontiac was found abandoned in alley in the 4200 block of Cook.

At least one other person was taken into  custody but no charges have been filed against them at this time. 

There were no injuries in the incident

 

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