A man who shot a police sergeant execution style, was subsequently confronted by police and after engaging the officers in a shootout, was shot and killed.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, police sources told them a man being sought in the shooting and seriously wounding of a police sergeant as he sat in his car Sunday night, has been identified as George Bush III, 19. Bush was killed in a shootout with police early Monday morning.
At about 12:45 AM Monday morning, undercover officers spotted the suspect’s car abandoned at a parking garage at Laclede’s Landing, police said. A woman, who had asked Bush for a cigarette, had picked him up there and officers tracked their vehicle to the intersection of Smiley and Leola avenues in St. Louis. The 19 year old Bush realized he was being followed, tried to escape by jumping out of the car as he fired a shot at the officers, striking the windshield of the undercover officers’ pickup truck.
Bush ran and the officers pursued him, killing him in front of a house about 100 yards up the street. The sources said the woman who had asked him for a cigarette and then given him a ride from the garage was not involved in the crimes.
Suspect’s shots struck officers’ vehicle. Officers not shot. Officers returned fire, striking & killing suspect. Suspect’s gun recovered.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) November 21, 2016
Bush was being sought for questioning in the shooting of a St. Louis police sergeant about 7:30 p.m. Sunday near Hampton and Pernod avenues. A driver had pulled up next to the sergeant’s stopped vehicle. The sergeant thought the guy was going to ask him a question and instead the assailant fired two shots at sergeant point blank into his face.
Police Chief Sam Dotson said, “The officer says he saw the muzzle flashes and felt the glass breaking in his window as the shots came through and struck him in the head”.
The police sergeant has two bullets lodged in his face, one near his nose, the other in his cheek, a source told the Post-Dispatch.
“It’s not [just] a threat to our police department, it’s a threat to our community, our city,” Dotson said. “This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his car and shot out the police officer’s window. This just shows the dangers of policing, not only here in St. Louis but around the country.”
Earlier the same day, a San Antonio officer was shot to death. Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force, was sitting in his squad car Sunday outside police headquarters when another driver who pulled up from behind exited his vehicle and shot Marconi twice, killing him. That suspect is still on the loose.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 21, 2016
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