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Charges filed against suspect shot by officers Saturday

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Officers shot a man in South City who allegedly rammed their SUV and pointed a gun at them. Credit: KMOV Officers shot a man in South City who allegedly rammed their SUV and pointed a gun at them. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

The suspect who was shot by officers Saturday night is facing multiple charges.

According to police, Christopher Russell, 27, was shot by officers in the arm and leg around 10 p.m. in the 6600 block of Virginia.

Police said the suspect was prowling, looking for his ex-girlfriend when he forced his way into her family's home on Michigan Avenue, implying he was armed.

The suspect then found out she wasn't home, so he got into a Nissan and drove around the block. Officials said the family then called police.

As officers were talking to the family, they found out the suspect was in a car nearby. Officers in two different cars then pursued him on Virginia Ave.

When the suspect saw a police car in front of him, officers said he put his vehicle into reverse and hit a police SUV that was behind him.

Russell then allegedly got out of the car and pointed a gun at officers, who then fired shots at him. Authorities said the suspect was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital, where he remained Tuesday.

One officer in the SUV suffered minor injuries in the crash. She is expected to be okay.

Tuesday, the St. Louis Police Department said Russell had been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. A judge issued a $20,000 cash-only plus $80,000 or 10 percent bond against the suspect.

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