ST LOUIS, MO – According to officials, two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers that were in an unmarked vehicle during the early morning hours of June 10th happened to stumble upon – and then got mixed into – a gun battle between two groups at a gas station.
Despite one witness claiming to have heard as many as 100 gunshots exchanged, no one was injured.
'It sounded like a war': Police involved in shoot-out overnight in St. Louis.
This is the second time SLMPD officers were fired upon within a 24 hour period. Story by @RyanDeanKSDK https://t.co/rPh3aqXvnv via @ksdknews
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) June 10, 2021
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Colonel Mary Warnecke said that the two officers in an unmarked vehicle were in the area of Lillian and Goodfellow at approximately 1:00 a.m. on June 10th and observed a group of people arguing at a BP gas station.
As the group left the gas station in two separate vehicles, the officers observed occupants from each vehicle begin to shoot at one another.
Then, the officers inside the unmarked vehicle somehow became a target of the gunfire amid the chaos.
According to the report furnished by the officers, there was a male subject on the sidewalk that was shooting at both of the vehicles that were firing at one another. This male subject also started shooting at the unmarked police vehicle.
The officers parked and exited their vehicle, at which point the man on the sidewalk started to further directly fire at the officers. Officials say that while the vehicle was unmarked, the officers were wearing ballistics vests with the word “POLICE” clearly emblazoned on them.
Lt. Colonel Warnecke commented on that aspect, stating:
“We believe they were obviously shooting at police officers, once they announced themselves, identified themselves and they could see those officers, it was quite obvious they were police officers and they continued to take fire.”
The two officers exchanged gunfire with the subject, but ultimately no one was hurt during the incident, which Lt. Colonel Warnecke said was “very fortunate.”
Officials say that the suspect had reportedly driven away from the scene of the shooting but was later apprehended by police. The suspect has not been identified by name, with officials only stating that the suspect is a 29-year-old male.
Charges against the unnamed suspect are pending, as the SLMPD are in the process of requesting them from the circuit attorney’s office.
The overnight shooting from June 10th marked the second officer-involved shooting for the SLMPD in a roughly 12-hours period.
During the afternoon of June 9th, undercover officers with the Anti-Crime Task Force became the target of gunfire while they were tailing an SUV with expired temporary tags while inside of an unmarked vehicle.
Police officials say that the driver of the SUV made a U-turn in the 2200 block of Jefferson Avenue, and while passing the unmarked vehicle, a suspect inside of the SUV came out from the sunroof and opened fire on the unmarked vehicle.
One of the undercover officers fired back at the male suspect but didn’t hit him.
No one was hurt in the shooting or pursuit, police said. https://t.co/B9igP2qVHx
— KSDK News (@ksdknews) June 9, 2021
The officers hit their lights and pursued the suspects, where officials say the pursuit eventually ended near Memorial and Pine. Two suspects, identified only as a 17-year-old male and a 23-year-old male, were taken into custody.
A firearm as well as a “drum” magazine were recovered from the suspects’ vehicle. Despite the exchanged gunfire between officers and the suspects, officials say that no one was injured in the incident.
Charges against the suspects involved are also pending as of this time.
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In other matters relating to St. Louis, Law Enforcement Today shared a report in late May where Breitbart News’ John Nolte delivered some harsh criticisms over St. Louis’ new mayor in light of the record levels of violence in the city.
Here’s that previous report.
ST LOUIS, MO – In a recent report from Breitbart News, contributor John Nolte said he has “zero sympathy for the people of St. Louis,” after they elected a Democratic mayor intent on defunding the police while experiencing “the highest murder rate in 50 years.”
Nolte: The homicide rate in St. Louis is 87 per 100,000. How bad is that? Second place is Democrat-run Baltimore with 57 per 100,000. https://t.co/qiAdDw91oj
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 26, 2021
Back in April, Law Enforcement Today reported on the runoff mayoral race that was won by former St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones.
During her campaigning for mayor, Jones was fairly outspoken on efforts to defund the police, despite her not necessarily using that exact phraseology.
Instead, Jones advocated for reallocating funds from police budgets to fund the likes of mental health services, substance abuse centers and jobs training programs.
But no matter how one phrases it, taking funds away allocated for a police budget and putting them somewhere else is tantamount to defunding the police.
As we also reported earlier in May, Mayor Jones had already put into motion, alongside the support of city Comptroller Darlene Greene, to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department by $4 million.
The newly elected mayor of St. Louis has just voted in favor to defund the police department by roughly $4 million, cutting nearly 100 vacant positions – despite skyrocketing crime.https://t.co/DlDRXFBwXv
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) May 5, 2021
Breitbart News contributor John Nolte acknowledged Mayor Jones’ agenda items, while noting the troubling murder rate afflicting the city, and said that he has “zero sympathy” for the residents of St. Louis since they elected this person who campaigned on defunding the police:
“I feel zero sympathy for the people of St. Louis. None. Just last month, amid a soaring murder rate, the highest murder rate in 50 years, as well as the highest in the country, the idiots of St. Louis still voted to elect a Democrat as mayor, a lunatic named Tishaura Jones who made no secret of her desire to make things worse, much worse.”
Nolte delivered said commentary in response to a recent report from Fox News that noted the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department hosts nearly 100 unfilled positions and that Mayor Jones wants to shut down the city jail as well as extract funds from the police department.
This happens to coincide with the city having a homicide rate of 87 per 100,000 residents in 2020, which is the worst homicide rate in the entire country.
St. Louis' murder rate, already highest in US, soared last year; mayor vows to defund the police https://t.co/BdQ7OX6lYZ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 23, 2021
Some pundits and city officials alleged that the spike in violent crime is due to the coronavirus pandemic, which there was a national trend that saw increases in homicides during the height of COVID-19.
However, the city of St. Louis was leading the country in the homicide rate prior to COVID-19, as there was a homicide rate of 65 per 100,000 residents in 2019.
Mayor Jones steadfastly believes that an increased police presence in the city will not “prevent crime,” with her rationale behind this notion being that half the calls that the police department answers are something that can be handled “by someone other than police”:
“More police doesn’t prevent crime. Research done in the police department shows that 50 percent of calls can be answered by someone other than police. So, why not deploy someone other than police, and free up police to do the work that they were trained to do in our academy.”
Nolte was clearly unapologetic in his take on St. Louis, saying that he doesn’t “really care what the people of St. Louis or any Democrat-run city do to destroy themselves.”
The Breitbart contributor pointed out that he lives in a mostly conservative, rural area where the sort of violent crime that afflicts St. Louis isn’t even an issue:
“Out here, people of all races and creeds live together in relative harmony and safety. There are no racial tensions or riots or looting or any violent crime crises. Life is good.”
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