ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Authorities have identified a 19-year-old who died late Monday evening following a police pursuit across St. Louis city and county that culminated in an officer-involved shooting.
According to police, a county police officer spotted a vehicle wanted from a carjacking in Affton. A pursuit was initiated by the officer that eventually included law enforcement officers from St. Louis City, Jennings, and Ferguson.
The vehicle in question, a 2003 Mercedes Benz, was stolen in a carjacking from the 5100 block of Waldo Avenue Monday morning at 2 a.m., when two armed subjects wearing mask and gloves stole the car from a resident.
During the course of the police chase, an SLMPD SUV crashed into a pedestrian car at the intersection of Lillian and Union. Two officers and two civilians suffered non-life threatening injuries in that accident
The suspect crashed the Mercedes in the 4100 block of Lee Avenue and four subjects got out. One of the suspects was wearing a mask and gloves, and armed with a handgun. That person pointed the gun at a police officer, who fired several shots. The armed individual, identified as Aaron Ballard, died at the scene. The other three people in the stolen vehicle escaped on foot.