Moments ago we followed a Post-Dispatch article that reported sixteen-year-old Devante Thomas, accused of shooting a Berkeley police officer last night, has been caught.
Apparently the P-D -- and we -- got that wrong.
This just in from the St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Rick Eckhard.
I HAVE RECEIVED MULTIPLE CALLS REFERENCE THE ARREST OF THE SUSPECT WE ARE LOOKING FOR REGARDING THE BERKELEY POLICE OFFICER BEING SHOT ON 7/22/09.
THE SUSPECT HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED OR TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.We regret the error. More on this case as it continues to unfold.
I REALIZE THAT SCANNER TRAFFIC INDICATED THAT A SUBJECT WAS DETAINED BUT IT WAS NOT THE SUSPECT WE ARE SEEKING.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS AN ON-GOING ACTIVE INVESTIGATION. EVEN THOUGH A SUBJECT MAY BE DETAINED OR ARRESTED, UNTIL OUR DETECTIVES CONFIRM THE IDENTITY, WE WILL NOT CANCEL THE SEARCH.