(KMOV) - A St. Louis man was sentenced to life in prison for carjacking and shooting at police on Monday.
Harold Ford, 46, pled guilty last November to carjacking, brandishing a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced today.
According to authorities, on April 23, 2009, a woman was putting gas in her car at a North St. Louis County filling station. As she turned to get back into her car, Ford ordered her into the car, and at gun point made her drive him to several locations in the area.
After driving to other locations, Ford ordered her out of the car and took her cell phone and driver's license, warning her that if she called the police, he would send someone to her home to “take care of her.”
Approximately two weeks later, in South St. Louis City officers saw Ford run a red light in the carjacked vehicle and proceed the wrong way down a one-way street.
When the officers activated the emergency lights on their marked patrol car Ford fled at a high rate of speed, ignoring traffic signals.
Ford later crashed the car, exited the driver's side door and fired two shots into the windshield of the marked patrol car.
At point blank range, Ford fired three additional shots into the passenger side window of the patrol car, shattering the window, shooting one officer in the hand, and deafening the other officer.