ARNOLD, MO (KPLR) - A man was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, accused of shooting a pizza-delivery driver Friday night in Arnold and throwing homemade bombs at police during his failed getaway attempt.
“Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” remembered Jennifer Eich. “It seemed like it didn’t stop.”
“I was outside,” said Abigail Boone. “But, my parents and my daughter were inside.”
A bullet flew through Boone’s home at the Vogel Manor Mobile Home Park, where her father was watching television.
“He usually sits right on the bed in front of the T.V. For some reason last night, he was sitting on the end of the bed. That probably saved him.”
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Lieutenant John Dolan said the terrifying night started when a resident shot a Papa John’s Pizza employee.
“That started a pursuit that went north to St. Louis, over into Illinois, and back into St. Louis.”
Spike strips and a K-9 officer finally stopped the suspect on Interstate-170 at Page Avenue, but not before the man threw homemade bombs at police on the interstates in south St. Louis County and St. Louis City.
“It happened on 55 and Butler Hill, again on 40/64 in the city, but those devices were recovered.”
Before all of this, neighbors tried hard not to be worried about the suspect. Jennifer Eichs was playing with her daughter outside when she saw the outlines of human bodies on the suspect’s driveway.
“He burned those into the ground one night,” she said. “I never felt scared living across from him. I never felt threatened.”
Her feelings of safety evaporated Friday night.
“That’s when the gunshots started, and I grabbed my daughter and ran into the hallway.”
A bullet hit Eich’s brand-new car parked right out front. The investigation is not over for her.
“[Investigators] are going to take me to a dealership or someplace to take the inside panel of the door off to get the bullet out.”
Still, everyone at Vogel Manor said the mobile-home park is peaceful. This was just one terrifying moment in hundreds of peaceful nights.
Lieutenant Dolan said the pizza delivery driver is expected to recover. The suspect was treated at a local hospital and taken to a Jefferson County jail while investigators decide what charges he will face.