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Man accused of leading Dupo police on chase, then firing on officer

William J. Bowen
William J. Bowen

A St. Louis man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly fleeing from police in his car, then firing shots at a Dupo police officer.

William V. Bowen Jr., 38, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated fleeing.

Bowen remained in the St. Clair County Jail on Friday in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Dupo police received a call at 3 a.m. Wednesday reporting two men running in backyards with flashlights on Stone Street, according to Dupo Police Sgt. Kevin Smith. Dupo Police Officer Bradley Penet arrived about a minute later and spotted a man dressed in red and black pants running between two houses, Smith said.

“The man got into a 2008 Mustang and fled the scene at a high rate of speed,” Smith said.

The charges allege that Bowen failed to stop at two or more stop signs at the intersections of Second and Richard streets and Richard Street and N. Main Street.

The car stalled on Stolle Road near Illinois 3, Smith said. The driver of the car got out and started heading for a wooded area. He then fired shots at Penet, who was not struck, Smith said.

Penet stayed at the perimeter while officers searched for the suspect, Smith said. The suspect was located after a short time and taken into custody.

Bowen has convictions in St. Louis for burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon. He has a 2007 conviction for residential burglary and a 1997 conviction for aggravated discharge of a firearm.

If convicted, Bowen would face between six and 30 years in prison.