Armed man shoots himself after barricading himself in home near Belleville, police say

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 5:31 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV) - An investigation is underway after an incident Thursday in unincorporated St. Clair County.

Police were called just before 2 a.m. to an apartment n the 100 block of Bradford Place just east of Belleville for a domestic disturbance. When two St. Clair County deputies arrived, 30-year-old Dion Flenoid, of St. Louis, fired shots at them before barricading himself inside with a woman. One officer was hit by flying debris and both retreated.

At the same time, a woman came running outside the house.

During the standoff, the armed man briefly came out but refused to surrender. A tactical response team in Belleville tried to get inside but were shot at, police said. Around 5 a.m., the tactical team made entry into the home and found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis. St. Clair County State Attorney’s Office charged Flenoid with attempted murder, discharging a firearm at a police officer, and discharging a gun. Although he is hospitalized, he has a bond set at $1 million.