Metro-East News

St. Louis man charged in shooting of MetroLink security officer

The man St. Louis County police believe is responsible for the shooting of a MetroLink security officer was charged with three felonies on Friday by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney.

Mychael James Garrett II, 22, of St. Louis, was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, and resisting/interfering with arrest. Garrett was arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting of a MetroLink officer at the Wellston station. MetroLink officials on Thursday said the officer was shot while checking fares around 2 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, Garrett allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the guard in the shoulder. The guard’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. The security guard was treated and released from an area hospital on Thursday.

St. Louis County Police say two county officers were riding the train and heard the shot. Officers shot Garrett in the buttocks. Police say a loaded semi-automatic pistol was found in Garrett’s pocket.

MetroLink service to the area was disrupted for several hours on Thursday as police investigated the incident.

Garrett is being held on $250,000 bail. The Associated Press reported Garrett is still being hospitalized and is in critical condition. If convicted of the first-degree assault charge, Garrett could be sentenced to between 10 and 30 years in prison.