A St. Louis woman was shot one time in the back after an altercation with a Venice Police officer.
The woman remains hospitalized. Details about her condition are unknown.
According to Illinois State Police reports, an officer attempted to pull over a red Ford Mustang at just before 3 a.m. Thursday near the McKinley Bridge.
“The driver, a 30-year-old female from unincorporated St. Louis, played cat and mouse with the officer who attempted to pull her over,” state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said. “She slowed down and then sped up and then pulled over and took off again several times.”
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Finally, the officer tried to box the driver in, getting in front of her and wedging her car against a tall curb, Dye said. But the driver wasn’t ready to give up. She accelerated and struck the officer, whose name was not released, as she tried to escape again.
Dye said the officer at that point shot at her car several times, striking her once in the back. She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released.
Dye said the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office is considering charges.
The Mustang sat on the McKinley Bridge Thursday morning until about 9 a.m. as the case was investigated, keeping the span closed to rush hour traffic.
The police officer involved in the shooting was not seriously injured.