Local man arrested after trying to set stepfather on fire, leading chase that kills officer - KMOV.com

Local man arrested after trying to set stepfather on fire, leading chase that kills officer

O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV) -- An O'Fallon, Missouri man was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a high speed chase that ended in the death of an officer.

According to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, Deonta Williamson, 29, first tried to set his stepfather on fire and then tried to burn down a home. The victim was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.

Later, deputies spotted a stolen 2002 Cadillac Escalade pickup truck on southbound Interstate 55, north of Hayti, Mo. The O'Fallon Police Department was notified that a vehicle matching the description was occupied by a suspect wanted by their department for car theft and first degree assault.

Police tried to stop the suspect at the Hayti overpass, but the suspect refused to stop and kept going eastbound on Missouri 84 toward Caruthersville.

Officers attempted to deploy spike stripes, however, the suspect struck one patrol car with an officer inside. He then headed to another patrol car and struck it broadside in the driver's side.

Authorities said the first crash injured Officer Richard Altice and was taken to the Hayti Hospital. The impact of the second crash killed 28-year-old Evan Burns. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was with the Caruthersville Police Department for two years.

On Wednesday, the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's office issued charges on Deonta Williamson for 1st degree assault, armed criminal action and 1st degree arson.  Williamson's bond has been set at $75,000.

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