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Officer involved in recent shooting in Kinloch has a criminal past

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Sergeant Deandre Montgomery shot Darion Lewis, 18, in Kinloch in late June.  Montgomery has a criminal past and has worked for several different police departments. Credit: KMOV Sergeant Deandre Montgomery shot Darion Lewis, 18, in Kinloch in late June. Montgomery has a criminal past and has worked for several different police departments. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Darion Lewis told News 4 exclusively he did not deserve to be shot by police.

Lewis, 18, admits he tried to drive away from the officer, but says he did not try to hurt anyone.

Lewis suffered a gunshot wound through his leg and is facing multiple charges.

Prosecutors say he was in the driver's seat of a stolen car when an officer approached. Police say Lewis then hit the gas and turned the car toward the Kinloch officer. 

The officer opened fire, shooting three times. 

Lewis says he did not have a gun. 

Lewis' charging documents identify the officer involved as Sergeant Deandre Montgomery. As News 4’s Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager found out, he has a criminal past of his own. 

Before working in Kinloch, Deandre Montgomery was a Normandy police officer. 

According to the state, back in 2012 Montgomery plead guilty to a misdemeanor using a Normandy Police-issued credit card to buy hundreds of dollars’ worth of gas for his own personal use. 

Normandy fired him and recommended to the state he be barred from policing. But the state put him on probationary status. That same year, Montgomery was back on the streets for Kinloch.

“Who would hire a thief and you supposed to be in law enforcement, why are you even getting hired again?” said Lewis. 

“He will never work with the Normandy Police Department again,” said Normandy Corporal Tamieka Sanders. 

Corporal Sanders says they hold their officers to the highest standards. 

“We are charged with such a high duty that it's disappointing when one of us breaks that trust.” said Sanders.

Kinloch officials said no one could speak to Montgomery’s hiring, because there was different command staff at the time. 

Montgomery declined to talk about the shooting, but said the following about his past: 

“That situation was five years ago and everything has been resolved with them,” said Montgomery. 

Montgomery left Kinloch on June 30, 2016 and has since by hired by Hillsdale police. The Hillsdale police chief told News 4 that Montgomery was cleared to work by the state, so they gave him a chance. They say they feel he will be a good officer. 

News 4 will continue to track this story.

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