Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Not So Clean Getaway: Teens in Stolen Car Get Shot, Bit by Dog, Roughed Up

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 1:27 PM

It wasn't a good night for a group of teens out joyriding in a stolen car.

Police say they observed a vehicle near Enright and Grand around midnight today that had been reported stolen in a carjacking in St. Louis County.

The cops attempted to pull over the car, but the driver refused to stop. The fleeing vehicle made it all the way north of Fairgrounds Park (more than two miles away from where it was initially spotted) before police could stop the car using spike strips.

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After hitting the road blocks, the car's tires shredded and the vehicle caught fire. It came to rest against a light pole in the 3900 block of Lee Avenue. Police say that at least three -- possibly four -- suspects then fled the car.

One of the suspects -- described as a 17-year-old male -- allegedly turned toward the officers with a gun. Two officer then shot at the teen, striking him in the groin, foot and leg. A weapon was reportedly recovered alongside the suspect who was treated at the hospital and released into police custody.

A second suspect -- a 16-year-old -- reportedly ran into an area of heavy brush and was taken to the hospital with a broken rib. Police say he may have suffered the injury while fleeing police or during a struggle once he was apprehended.

Yet another suspect, 18, was injured when he was tracked down by a police dog that bit him.

A fourth victim, 17, was apprehended inside the stolen vehicle. Police say they also recovered two other guns on the scene.

Two officers suffered minor injuries -- scrapes and bruises -- in the arrest. The officers who shot at the first suspect are now on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime a cop fires a weapon during and arrest.

The teens will likely face charges from the Circuit Attorney's office within the next 24 hours. Their names and mugshots will be released then.

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