St. Louis police now confirm that an officer involved in an auto accident on South Kingshighway this morning has died.
David Haynes was 27 and a one-year veteran of the department. Four other people were also injured in the accident. The burglary suspect Haynes was chasing remains on the lam.
The following per the St. Louis police:
Just before 10 a.m. police received a call for a burglary in progress in the 5400 block of Bancroft, where the victim walked into the residence and discovered the suspect inside. Though information was initially received that there had been an altercation between the victim and the suspect, it has since be determined that the victim and suspect only exchanged words before the suspect was able to exit the residence and get into a vehicle.
The victim tried to follow the suspect, but the suspect sped off too
quickly and the victim lost sight of him. The victim was able to
describe the suspect (a black male with two gold teeth who was wearing
a dark colored shirt) and the suspect's vehicle (a dark colored Hyundai
Sonata.) A description of the vehicle and suspect were broadcast.
Moments later, officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle but
then lost sight of it. Officer David Haynes later spotted the vehicle.
He turned on his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the suspect
vehicle but the suspect continued and did not pull over. The officer
continued to follow the suspect vehicle and as the officer went through
the intersection of Oleatha and Kingshighway, his patrol car was struck
by an SUV on the patrol car's passenger side.
The patrol car spun out,
causing the patrol car's driver side to crash into the front of a
second SUV. The force of the impact pushed the second SUV into a small
passenger sedan that was behind the SUV in traffic. The officer was
trapped in his patrol vehicle for a short time but once he was able to
be removed, he was rushed to Barnes Hospital where he was pronounced
Four people, in the other three involved vehicles were injured,
but their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. The
suspect's vehicle has since been recovered. The recovery location is
not being released at this time. Evidence Technicians will be examining
the vehicle for evidence. No suspect has been located. Haynes graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy in January
of 2009. Prior to joining the Department he was a United States Marine.
He recently received a Chief's Letter of Commendation for his actions
following a June of 2009 bank robbery. In that incident, Haynes
and a fellow officer were able to locate the suspect based on the
description given by witnesses. The suspect ran on foot but Haynes and another officer ultimately caught him. Haynes, who
was recently married, leaves behind his wife, his mother and many other
family and friends.