A 23-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly rushed a St. Louis city police officer with a gun overnight Friday into Saturday, prompting the officer to shoot and injure him.
Leontaye Combs, of the 10300 block of Royal Dr. in St. Louis, is charged with one count of First Degree Assault, one count of Armed Criminal Action, and one count of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing.
St. Louis County police said they were contacted around 12:15 a.m. Saturday by St. Louis city police for help with an officer-involved shooting.
Police said a two-man patrol car attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. Officers could not locate it.
The vehicle was eventually located by helicopter in the 3400 block of Pine Grove Ave. in North St. Louis. The same two-man patrol car drove to that location to track down the fleeing suspect.
When officers arrived, Combs allegedly ran from his vehicle and officers chased him on foot.
Police said one officer encountered Combs in a home's yard and Combs pulled out a handgun and ran toward the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired his gun at Combs, police said.
Combs was shot, dropped his weapon and was taken into custody.
A neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, told News 4 that she witness the end of the pursuit when she came home from work just after midnight.
"I just saw the lights and the helicopters looking for somebody," she said.
The neighbor said she cane see why suspects would choose her neighborhood to hide in.
"Over here, there are a lot of vacant houses and trees.You can get away easy," she said.
Combs was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released back into police custody. He is being held on a $150,000 cash-only bond. Police said Combs is a convicted felon.
Police said the officer who shot Combs is a 30-year-old male with six years of service.
Neither officer was injured in the incident.
St. Louis County police are continuing the investigation.
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