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Convicted felon on parole opens fire on bystanders, bites arresting officer

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV) -- Prosecutors tell News 4 a convicted felon was most recently arrested for firing his gun at innocent people and biting a police officer in south St. Louis.

William Calhoun was already on a supervised release program when he allegedly opened fire.  Now, the community is fired-up about making sure he stays behind bars.

“We are not going to let people come up and start shooting like they are in the Wild, Wild West, it won’t happen.” said Gravois Park Neighborhood Association President Rita Ford.

In court documents, prosecutors said Calhoun fired a 9mm handgun at a multi-family home on Potomac. Fortunately, no one was hurt and police officers were watching.

“The officers got their guy and Gravois Park will be in court,” Ford said.

But Calhoun has been in court before on four different felonies, including federal gun charges.

He was released from prison in 2011 and was under federal supervision.

The Pre-Trial Office at the Federal Courthouse which handles those supervisions said they couldn’t comment.

“I’d say it’s pretty common, I see a lot of people that have repeat gun offenses,” said city Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Her office did not handle the previous gun charges and she told us she cannot speak on the latest case because it’s still pending.  She said gun violence is her number one priority,

“Young lives are being lost, innocent bystanders are being lost, it’s just not something we want in our city,” Joyce said.

She said they’re working on solutions for repeat offenders.  In the meantime, she appreciates all the efforts of active community groups.

“They’ve made a huge difference in this neighborhood,” Joyce added.

Ford told News 4 they will stay vigilant, just hoping the justice system will be on their side.

“Once a guy has been in court like a revolving door, you just need a rubber stamp and send this guy away,” Ford said.

News 4 will continue to follow this case and update as more information becomes available.  

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