PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Pine Lawn officer attempted to pull over a driver on Saturday morning for missing a license plate light, but instead had a gun pointed at him twice by the driver.
According to Pine Lawn police, the driver Antwan Boothe, 24, pointed a gun at the officer after he refused to pull over. A high speed chase ensued where Boothe was weaving through cars on Highway 70 and several residential streets. Eventually, Boothe crashed.
The officer then chased Boothe on foot. Boothe allegedly pointed a gun at the officer for the second time. Police said the officer took cover until he heard the gun drop.
“He came back up to get the suspect and he actually had the gun pointed at him, again,” said a John Bernsen of the Pine Lawn Police Department.
Boothe got away and the officer stopped his pursuit in fear of his own life. Bernsen said the officer’s decision to not shoot correlates with the recent incidents of officer involved shootings.
“He was probably second guessing what was going to happen if that trigger was pulled … if he wound up shooting somebody, what was going to happen to him? What was going to happen to his job, his family?” said Bernsen.
Boothe was arrested by St. Louis County Police several hours after the pursuit.
Boothe is charged with several counts of second degree assault and armed criminal action. He is held on a $200,000 bond.