A 43-year-old man accused of shooting two Missouri police officers on the afternoon of Aug. 29 has been charged with three counts of armed criminal action and one count each of murder in the first degree, assault, burglary, the unlawful use of a firearm and resisting arrest. One of the St. Louis Police Department officers the man is accused of shooting succumbed to his injuries after being transported to hospital. Prosecutors announced the charges on Sept. 1.
Man involved in 12-hour standoff with police
The events unfolded on Hartford Street in St. Louis. According to a SLPD report, officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 5:45 p.m. to investigate reports of gunfire. The man is alleged to have shot one of the responding police officers in the head and another in the leg. Police say that the man then barricaded himself inside a nearby house after ordering its two residents to leave. The ensuing standoff, which lasted for about 12 hours according to media reports, ended peacefully when the man surrendered.
Florida kidnapping warrant
A background check is said to have revealed that the man has a long history of violent and criminal behavior. Prosecutors say that he fled to Missouri after being released on bond in Florida on kidnapping and attempted sexual battery charges. Police in Florida allegedly discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition when they executed a search at the man’s Brevard County home.
Fleeing law enforcement rarely ends well
The impulse to flee can be strong when individuals are accused of committing serious crimes like murder or kidnapping, but attempts to elude law enforcement rarely end well and could lead to standoffs and more serious charges. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may urge those who are worried about spending years behind bars to be courteous to police, remain silent and listen to their legal counsel as this behavior could make their situations better rather than worse.