ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – One suspect was killed and multiple were arrested after police responded to a burglary call near a south St. Louis home on Tuesday.
According to reports, the victim called police after multiple suspects burglarized a home in the 6200 block of Famous Avenue.
When police arrived on the scene, the suspects started shooting at officers. An officer returned fire, striking one of the suspects in the chest.
“They fired shots at the responding officers. We have guns we recovered at the scene from the suspects. The officers returned fire and that’s where one of the suspects was shot,” said Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole with the St. Louis Police Department.
The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Brandon Jones, was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
Three of the four suspects sped away and led police on a chase. Police said the suspects jumped out of their car and ran into thick weeds and brush along railroad tracks by Manchester between Tamm and Knox.
Police dispatched a helicopter in the air to get a better view. Officers started scaling fences and climbing through railroad cars and into the weeds to search for the suspects.
One of the suspects was pulled out of the weeds and loaded into a police car around 1:35 p.m. A second suspect was later found, handcuffed and hauled away.
An officer responding to the original scene crashed his vehicle into a light pole near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Tamm Avenue. The impact caused the car to flip over and land on its roof.
“I looked up after seeing that his car was sideways airborne,” said witness Larry Williams. “He hit the fence sideways and flipped at least once.”
The officer, a 34-year-old man, and another person were injured during the wreck. They were taken to the hospital and remain in stable condition.
Police were searching for a dark-colored SUV driven by a woman reportedly involved in the burglary, but the woman abandoned it in an alleyway near the intersection of Pestalozzi and Nebraska. Police said she then got in another vehicle with three other women.
A source told News 4 the suspects did not know the victim, but targeted him because they thought he might have drugs and money.
According to the source, the suspects stole some property after discovering the victim had neigh drugs or money.
They said the victim was found tied up with duct tape by police who responded after a neighbor saw the suspects kick in his back door.
Both of the officers involved in the shooting were female patrol officers, ages 48 and 38. Both have been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure.