Charges filed in death of Washington Park Auxiliary Officer


EAST. ST.  LOUIS – Charges have been filed against two men following the death of a Washington Park Auxiliary Officer, who died while chasing the suspects on the Poplar Street Bridge.

Both Chaunt’ Tuan Gillespie and Valention Miller were charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. According to court documents, Miller was also charged with aggravated fleeing a scene. Charges were filed October 29.

Ricardo Davis died on October 27 after he fell 50 ft from the Poplar Street Bridge, breaking several bones and suffering internal bleeding.

Around 5p.m. on Saturday Davis attempted to pull over a vehicle with two people inside. The vehicle would not pull over and a chase began westbound on I-64.

Finally, the vehicle crashed on the Poplar Street Bride and the suspects took off on foot. Davis then chased the suspects and jumped over two medians without an issue. The third median Davis jumped over did not have a platform on the other side which led to his 50-foot fall.

Davis was 44 years old he left behind 6 kids.

Miller’s bond is set at $40,000 and  Gillespie bond sits at $30,000.



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