JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Authorities shot and killed a man who showed up to woman’s house with a gun before ramming two county cruisers and pointing a gun at officers in Jennings, Missouri Wednesday night.
The deceased is 42-year old Michael M. Willis Jr. of the 6100 block of Jefferson in St. Louis.
Police say a woman in the Windfall Trace Townhouses on Old Lucas and Hunt and Tyrell called police around 8:30 p.m. about a man knocking on her door with a “sawed off shotgun.” Police say the man was gone when they arrived on the scene. Police said several witnesses knew the male and that he possessed a rifle resembling an AK-47. Witnesses also told police the man was at the apartment looking for an ex-girlfriend.
Around 10:50 p.m., the woman called police again after the man returned to her house. When police showed up on the scene, the 42-year-old suspect got into his black vehicle and cops saw him reach for a gun in the passenger seat.
Police say the suspect rammed his car into two cop cars, hitting one that was occupied by an officer head-on and another unoccupied vehicle. Authorities say the suspect’s car sustained tire damage from hitting both cars which caused him to get out of his vehicle.
Police say they ordered the man to put down his gun, but the man ran from officers.
According to police, the suspect then took off running through the townhouse lot before ending up in an area which was under construction. The man ducked behind a backhoe and pointed his gun at officers.
Both officers started firing at the suspect, unloading their magazines by firing around 25 shots. Once the suspect was incapacitated, police said the officers assessed the medical condition of the suspect and called for an ambulence.
Police say the suspect was using a 22 caliber rifle that looked like it jammed during the incident, so it is unknown if he fired at police.
Authorities say it is unclear how far apart the cops were from the suspect when the shooting started.
Police said both officers involved in the shooting are white males, each with the department for four years and are currently on paid administrative leave as the prosecuting attorney’s office looks into the case, per department policy.