A man shot at an Illinois State Police officer during a foot chase Sunday afternoon following a traffic stop in East St. Louis, police say.
A trooper pulled over a car on Missouri Avenue around 4:55 p.m. for a passenger not wearing a seatbelt, Illinois State Police Officer Calvin Dye Jr. said. After the car stopped, the passenger got out of the car and started to flee on foot.
The trooper pursued and caught up to the man, Dye said, who resisted arrest and became combative. The officer used his stun gun on the man but he continued to resist and started running away again, Dye said.
The man then turned around, pulled out a gun and fired several rounds at the trooper, who took cover and did not return fire. The trooper was not struck and was unharmed.
The man continued to run and was spotted a few blocks away by a squad car from another police agency. The man was taken into custody behind a house at 2600 St. Louis Avenue after another struggle with several officers, Dye said.
A weapon was recovered from the man’s waistband. The driver of the car fled the scene.
“The driver is not in any trouble because it was the passenger who committed the crime,” Dye said.
The passenger is currently in custody, police say.