ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- A high speed police chase ends with St. Louis City officers opening fire on four suspects after at least one of the suspects allegedly pointed at gun at the officers. No one is in custody at this time.
Chief Sam Dotson says no officers were hurt but one of the suspects may have been wounded. The shooting ended on Hamilton near West Florissant in Jennings.
The four suspects were in a black Mercedes Benz which was stolen from the city in August. They all ran from the scene. Dotson says everything started around 9p.m. at 19th and Warren.
The four young men inside the Mercedes exchanged gunfire with a man walking on the street. During that incident, the man on the street accidentally shot himself in the leg. Officers spotted the Mercedes a short time later at Goodfellow and Switzer.
Dotson says the Mercedes sped off with officers in pursuit. The car went airborne, jumping curbs during the chase. The suspects bailed on Hamilton while the car was still moving and at least one of them pointed a gun at the officers. That`s when the officers fired.
Police found an assault rifle in the car and a stolen semi-automatic handgun that the suspects ditched behind a nearby home. This incident came hours after Dotson talked with us about his concern with circuit court judges being too lenient on gun criminals. He talked about the issue again saying criminals have a "disregard for human life" and stiffer sentences needed to be handed down.
Dotson says although police think they might have shot one of the suspects, there was no blood found at the scene.
At this point police don`t have any detailed descriptions of the suspects.