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Shooting suspect throws homemade explosives during police chase

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

A Jefferson County man is in custody after he shot a pizza delivery driver, then took police officers on a chase into North County, all while throwing homemade explosives out of his vehicle.

The incident began at Vogel Manor Trailer Park in unincorporated Jefferson County Friday at 9:30 p.m. According to police, Todd Pigg, 38, ordered a pizza, but did not give the driver enough to cover the costs. The driver asked for more money, but still did not receive enough.

The driver called his manager and that is when police say the suspect came out with a gun and shot the delivery driver in the chest and back. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Police were dispatched to the trailer park and began pursuing the Pigg. The chase went north on Interstate 55 into Illinois, then back into St. Louis on Interstate 64.

During the chase, officers noticed Pigg throwing objects out of the vehicle's window, which were homemade explosive devices, police said. No officers were hit and none of the explosives detonated.

Pigg drove his car over spike strips and came to a stop on Interstate 170 at Page Avenue. Police say the suspect then got out of his car and started lighting more homemade explosives. An officer was struck by the device, but it did not detonate.

Investigators searched Pigg's mobile home and found more than 400 devices. The devices are not highly explosive.

Authorities have cleared the home and residents have been allowed back in the park.

Pigg has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action and remains jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond.

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