Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with a police chase and shoot out last week near Cahokia in what originally was reported to be a carjacking.
Two of the men, Derrick D. Garner, 24, of Cahokia, and Anthony D. Garner, 23, of Fairview Heights, are accused of fleeing from sheriff's deputies and firing at the officer following a pursuit on the evening of Dec. 10.
The third man, Brian J. Wood, 27, of Cahokia, is the man who called the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department to report an aggravated vehicular hijacking around 6:50 p.m. in the Parkfield Terrace neighborhood near Cahokia that day. He is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with falsely reporting he had been hijacked. He is in custody at the St. Clair County Jail on a $100,000 bail.
"He left his car running in front of a store and someone took the car," said St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson. "He reported to us that someone took his vehicle, but no one was in the vehicle at the time it was taken."
Deputies were able to locate the vehicle but the driver would not stop. Deputies pursued the vehicle until it came to a stop on Tuskegee Drive in Centreville. The driver got out holding a gun and began firing at deputies as the two men, believed to be Derrick Garner and Anthony Garner, fled on foot across a field.
Deputies returned fire but no one was injured in the exchange.
"Good boots-on-the-ground work and knocking on doors led to these arrests," Watson continued. "When someone shoots at us, they are a menace to society. When they are willing to shoot at us, I know they won't hesitate to shoot at citizens and we need to get them off the streets."
A fourth man, who has not yet been charged, is also a suspect in the incident and is in police custody as the investigation continues. Watson said he believes the fourth man will be charged by the St. Clair County state's attorney's office.
Derrick Garner, who is Anthony Garner's uncle, was charged with six counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, two counts of unlawful possession of firearm ammunition by a felon and obstructing justice. He remains in police custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Anthony Garner was charged with obstructing justice. He remains in police custody in lieu of $200,000 bail.