O’Fallon, MO – Authorities are investigating following a report of a shooting Monday morning in O’Fallon, MO.
According to the O’Fallon Police Department, on January 23rd, 2022 just before 11 am, the Department received a call from a resident about a suspicious vehicle parked in front of their residence in the 500 block of Prentice Dr. with subjects possibly sleeping in the vehicle.
Two O’Fallon Police officers arrived on the scene and approached the vehicle. An officer loudly knocked on the window to alert the occupant of his presence. It was at that time that the officer observed a handgun near the driver.
The driver of the vehicle put the vehicle in reverse toward the officers and struck the police vehicle parked behind it. Both officers fired their handguns at the driver. The vehicle fled out of the neighborhood and one of the officers involved followed the vehicle in his police vehicle.
The vehicle crashed a short distance away near Mexico Rd. and Aspen Pointe Dr.
At that time, officers discovered that the driver had been shot and officers administered CPR.
A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody without further incident. The driver was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
A handgun was located and seized from inside the vehicle. It was later determined the vehicle and gun were reported stolen from St. Louis County.
In an effort to ensure a professional, fair and transparent investigation into this incident, the St. Charles County Police Department was contacted and agreed to handle all investigation, crime scene, and evidence collection for this case.
Body camera footage from officers involved is being turned over to the St. Charles County Police Department for their investigation.
Both O’Fallon Police Officers have been placed on administrative leave per standard departmental policy while the investigation is being conducted.
Both officers will be cooperating with investigators in the coming week.
No O’Fallon Police Officers were physically injured during this incident. One of the police vehicles struck had a working police K9 in it, however, the K9 was not injured.