An East St. Louis man shot at a police officer during a foot chase earlier this month, according to charges filed in St. Clair County.
Demon L. Knight, 37, shot multiple times at Trooper Matt Bradford on Sunday after fleeing from his car during a traffic stop, according to the charges.
Bradford pulled over a car on Missouri Avenue around 4:55 p.m. for a passenger not wearing a seat belt, police say. After the car stopped, the passenger, Knight, got out of the car and started to flee on foot.
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The officer pursued and caught up to Knight, who resisted arrest and became combative, Illinois State Police Officer Calvin Dye Jr. said. Bradford used his stun gun on Knight, but he continued to resist and started running away again, Dye said.
Knight turned around, pulled out a gun and fired several rounds at Bradford, who took cover and did not return fire.
Knight continued to run and was spotted a few blocks away by a squad car from another police agency, Dye said. He was apprehended behind a house at 2600 St. Louis Ave. after another struggle with several officers, Dye said.
A weapon was recovered from the man’s waistband, Dye said. The driver of the car fled the scene.
Knight was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and was hospitalized for two days, according to Master Sgt. Mark Doiron. Police declined to say what kind of injuries Knight suffered. From the hospital, Knight was transported to the St. Louis County Jail because he had warrants for his arrest in the county and through Illinois State Police.
The state police trooper was was unharmed.
Knight faces charges of attempted assault of a police officer and resisting arrest from October 2016 in St. Louis County.