ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Authorities have charged a homeowner who allegedly shot at officers while being served an eviction notice at a house in St. Ann on Wednesday.
Bruce O’Rando, 51, was charged with three counts of armed criminal action, three counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of felony possession of a hand gun.
Police said multiple officers went to serve a eviction notice at home in the 10,000 block of St. Anthony Lane around 12 p.m., but O’Rando barricaded himself inside.
St. Ann police were called to the scene and tried to talk with O’Rando, but he still would not come out.
Police said officers then began sending tear gas into the home. That’s when O’Rando began firing shots at police.
Authorities said the St. Ann police chief returned fire, hitting O’Rando in the elbow.
He was transported to DePaul Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
No officers were injured.
According to police, the ordeal started back in March when Fannie Mae started foreclosing on the home.
Police said O’Rando lived alone and was employed as a fence builder, but for some reason stopped making mortgage payments.
Neighbors said he was also distraught after the recent death of his mother.
“It’s kind of surprising, he’s had some problems over there, he’s been a really good neighbor, he’s going through some hard times right now, losing the house,” said neighbor Mark Voelkerding.
O’Rando remains in custody on $100,000 bond.
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