Carjacking ends in 2 deaths; 4 others are injured
By Joel Currier and Jake Wagman
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
ST. LOUIS — A pair of suspected carjackers were killed in a fatal collision Saturday night after a police chase on Interstate 70. The other car in the crash, coincidentally, had also been stolen.
The carjacked car — first pursued by an alert St. Charles County sheriff's deputy on his way downtown — tried to escape police by going the wrong way on the expressway, injuring four others in the collision. One of the carjacking suspects also fired shots at police in the chase.
About 7 p.m., a St. Charles County deputy sheriff who had just started his evening shift was heading to the St. Louis city jail to pick up a prisoner, the sheriff's department said.
While on West Florissant Avenue in St. Louis, the deputy heard a "be on the lookout" on the police radio for a vehicle involved in an armed robbery and carjacking in St. Louis County. The deputy, almost immediately after hearing the report, looked up and spotted the suspects' vehicle. He tried to stop it, and the vehicle rammed him, said Lt. Craig McGuire, a spokesman for the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department.
An individual inside the pursued vehicle fired shots at the St. Charles County officer, McGuire and St. Louis city police said.
The deputy chased the car onto Interstate 70 — where, at one point, it was traveling east in the westbound lanes. The fleeing car hit another vehicle, injuring four people inside. The occupants of that car were taken to the hospital in critical condition, the St. Louis Fire Department said.
Police said the theft of the other car in the collision was apparently unrelated to the carjacking.
The two fleeing suspects were dead on the scene. Their names were not released, nor was any information about the robbery that prompted the chase or the theft of the other car.