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St. Louis officer fired shots at suspect who had assault rifle, police say

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Crime scene tape being up at St. Louis Ave and Grand Wednesday (Credit: KMOV) Crime scene tape being up at St. Louis Ave and Grand Wednesday (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis Police Officer fired shots at a suspect who was carrying an assault rifle following a police chase Wednesday night.

Detectives were on patrol when they saw a white Ford Taurus driving recklessly on North Grand near Cass. The detectives noticed the vehicle was missing a registration tag on the rear license plate so they attempted to pull it over. When the officers activated their emergency lights and sirens, the suspect vehicle sped away.

A tire deflation device was successfully deployed by detectives in the area of North Grand and North Market. When the suspect vehicle went over it, all four of the vehicle’s tires were deflated. The suspect vehicle eventually stopped near Bacon and St. Louis Avenue.

When the suspect vehicle stopped, two suspects got out and tried to run away. One of the suspects, described as a 25-year-old man, was carrying an assault rifle. A detective, who feared for his safety, fired upon the suspect.

The suspect kept running and was eventually taken into custody after an officer deployed a Taser in the 3200 block of St. Louis.

The second suspect, a 23-year-old man, was taken into custody in the 2700 block of North Grand.

The white Ford Taurus the suspects were driving was reported stolen from St. Louis County on Sept. 9, 2017. Police also recovered a gun at the scene.

The officer who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave. He is described as a St. Louis Police Officer with 9 years of service.

No officers or suspects were injured during the incident.

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