Off-duty officer confronts car thieves

Off-duty officer confronts car thieves

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    Off-duty officer confronts car thieves

    STLtoday - 3 car thief suspects arrested after chase

    3 car thief suspects arrested after chase
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    12/03/2008

    ST. LOUIS -- An off-duty St. Louis police officer fired a shot at one of three teens late last night who tried to break into his car, but the teen wasn't hit, police say.

    The incident happened shortly before midnight Tuesday in the 3200 block of January Avenue, near Hampton Avenue and Arsenal Street. The 23-year-old off-duty officer told investigators that he saw the teens trying to break into his 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. He confronted them and they ran.

    As the off-duty officer ran after them, one of the teens turned and pointed a handgun at him. That's when the off-duty officer fired a shot but missed.

    The three teens jumped into a stolen Dodge van and took off.

    Police patrolling the area spotted the van and tried to pull it over. It sped away, eventually going east on Interstate 44. At times, the chase topped speeds of 80 miles an hour.

    The car chase ended about nine miles from where it started. The Dodge van crashed at 10th Street and St. Louis Avenue.

    One of the suspects, 19, hurt his knee in the crash and was caught near the crash scene. A second suspect, 18, was arrested in the 900 block of Montgomery Street with the help of a police dog that bit him. The third suspect, 16, was caught two blocks away in the 1100 block of Montgomery.

    A police officer who scuffled with the youths during the arrest was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his hand and shoulder, police say.

    The teens were arrested for flourishing a weapon, stealing and attempted stealing. The youngest was turned over to juvenile authorities.
    They'll be back on the streets in no time.


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    Probably. But kudos to the off-duty!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grady View Post
    STLtoday - 3 car thief suspects arrested after chase

    They'll be back on the streets in no time.



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    Hopefully they WILL soon be back out on the street...physically...in the horizontal position...not moving...
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    On the streets in no time, but if they didn’t fill out the gun form at the store it’s off to prison for a while.

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    Now you see if they had just put serial numbers on all their bullets...and not been able to buy that gun they wouldn't have brandished it out in the open like that...

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    Good job Officer!
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    i have a feeling these 3 are going to be in and out of prison a lot.
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    What no charge of assault on a police officer?? Fleeing to evade?? Failure to stop? Resisting??
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    It should be attemted murder on the Punk Officer done good job just wish he HAD A BETTER SHOT JMO

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    ...arrested for flourishing a weapon...
    Never heard 'brandishing' called that before.

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    [Sarcasm on] Come on now, those 3 poor teens, must have been scared senseless. [sarcasm off]

    Too bad they get off with light sentences if they get that. At least the 19 yo should get some good time from this.

    Did it say who flourished the weapon? the 19yo? 18yo? or the 16yo?
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    How dare that officer interfere with wealth redistribution.

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