Police seek carjacking suspects after shots fired at deputy

News-DemocratDecember 11, 2013 

Police are looking for three suspects after shots were fired at a St. Clair County deputy pursuing a stolen SUV Tuesday night.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Dave Bevins said a St. Clair County deputy, whose name was not released, returned fire at the suspects who shot at him as they fled from the stolen 1995 GMC Yukon that crashed into a field off Tuskeegee Drive in Centreville.

"The suspects exited the vehicle and fired shots at the officer. He returned fire, but they were able to get away," Bevins said. "They fled on foot and we are currently trying to identify and locate the subjects."

It is unknown if the suspects were hit by gunfire.

Police later learned that a juvenile went to a local hospital with a wound to his hand. Bevins said police are attempting to determine whether there is any connection between the juvenile's hand wound and the shooting incident that Illinois State Police are investigating involving the deputy, Bevins said.

Deputies and the Illinois State Police searched the surrounding area including an apartment complex but could not track down the suspects.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department requested Illinois State Police to assist in the investigation to determine whether the officer's shooting was lawful and justified, Bevins said.

The call reporting the carjacking came into the Sheriff's Department at 6:43 p.m. Tuesday and deputies arrived on the scene at 6:51 p.m.

Lt. Scott Weymouth of the sheriff's department said the Yukon was reported stolen in the 100 block of Amelia Drive in Parkfield Terrace.

Responding deputies saw the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it but the Yukon continued on until it crashed.

The carjacking victim, a 27-year-old man from Cahokia, was not injured when his vehicle was stolen. Investigators interviewed him Wednesday.

The Yukon was not damaged in the carjacking.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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