ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A car-jacking followed by a crash resulted in both directions of Interstate 270 being shut down for several hours overnight. The accident happened just after midnight, closing both north and southbound 270 at Page Avenue.
St. Louis County Police officers from the Central County Precinct were advised of a pursuit entering the jurisdiction. The pursuit was of a vehicle carjacked in Wentzville and traveling on southbound 270.
To bring the pursuit to an end, spike strips were deployed. The vehicle struck the strips and became disabled. The driver tried to flee, resulting in the vehicle striking a concrete median before coming to a stop. Officers heard one gunshot from inside the vehicle. Officers then gave a series of verbal commands over loudspeaker. Members of the St. Louis County Police Department’s Tactical Operations Unit responded to the scene and approached the vehicle. They were able to talk two suspects out of the vehicle, at which time the suspects informed officers that the driver had shot himself after declaring that he did not want to go to prison.
The 22 year-old driver was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. The other two suspects are juveniles. They were uninjured in the incident and currently in the custody of the St. Louis County Family Courts.
The incident is being investigated by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.