Police say a 24-year-old East St. Louis native intended to shoot several members of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois who were working Sunday night alongside several other Illinois State Police agents in East St. Louis.
The alleged gunman, Kimo Spivey, was charged Tuesday evening by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated use of a firearm. Bail for Spivey was set at $2 million. He is being held at the St. Clair County Jail.
According to police officers and witnesses, Spivey shot at the officers from the Roosevelt Homes as they were entering Heroes Market and Grill, a bright orange building in the 4300 block of Bunkum Road.
Spivey was charged with four counts of attempted murder because there were four agents he shot at, the charging warrants said. No one was injured in the shooting.
The agents were responding to the Roosevelt Homes after hearing a report that someone had fired gunshots in the area, Illinois State Police Capt. Jim Morrisey said. As they were getting out of their vehicles, they heard the gunshots. They split up into two groups. One went to the Roosevelt Homes and another to Heroes, Morrisey said.
Witnesses told police and the agents who were in the Roosevelt Homes they saw Spivey shoot at the police, Morrisey said.
He ran into an apartment in Building 3, but police ran after him and were able to capture him and place him under arrest.
Spivey has a lengthy police record, police said. Although he is originally from East St. Louis, he was living in Columbia, Mo.
Police there were looking for him for a shooting that occurred in Columbia, Morrisey said. He allegedly shot a police officer there, Morrisey said.
And, Spivey has been arrested several other times by Columbia police.
"Mr. (U.S. Attorney Stephen) Wigginton and I have the duty the privilege of being vocal advocates for public safety," Kelly said. "But it is these men and women who put their lives on the line for it every day."