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Sheriff: Police could have used deadly force against suspect in bi-state chase

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

38-year old Todd Pigg was arrested Friday night by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies near Interstate 170 and Page Boulevard after he was suspected of shooting a pizza deliveryman and leading police on a high speed chase that began near Arnold.

Prosecutors charged him with 1st degree assault and armed criminal action.

Pigg's mug shot shows him with a black eye and scrapes on his face. Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer told News 4 that the injuries happened when Pigg repeatedly resisted arrest, even after being knocked down by a police dog and tasered by an Illinois State Police officer.

"Then the officers finished tackling the individual because he had a gun on him, he was still resisting, trying to light an explosive device that he had in his hand. So I would suspect he would have some bumps and bruises on him," Boyer said.

Investigators say Pigg threw homemade explosive devices out his car as he was being chased and tried to light another one while being arrested. Sheriff Boyer said, because Pigg was suspected of shooting someone and was armed at the time of his arrest, officers could have used deadly force but chose not to.

"Quite honestly I think my officers acted very professionally in that one of them didn't do serious bodily harm by shooting the individual and certainly I think they would have been justified in doing so," said Boyer.

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