Metro-East News

Standoff suspect fled in stolen car after holding man at gunpoint, police say

The 32-year-old man who barricaded himself in his car Wednesday night in Brooklyn had dragged a St. Louis resident out of his home at gunpoint prior to the standoff, according to police.

Dispatchers received a call at about 7:45 p.m. from a 36-year-old man who said he and the suspect argued in front of his home in the 800 block of Harlan, according to St. Louis police spokeswoman Michelle Woodling.

When the caller shut the front door to lock the suspect out of his home, he told police, the suspect forcefully entered and dragged the man outside at gunpoint.

The suspect fired at least one shot into the ground while the two were stuck in a physical altercation, Woodling wrote in an email.

As officers arrived, they saw the 32-year-old suspect enter a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix and drive off.

Police chased the man into Illinois, where the suspect’s car broke down in Brooklyn at Jefferson Street and Illinois 3.

Officers were stationed in the parking lot of the Pleasure Palace, at 213 Washington St.

“The suspect refused to exit the vehicle and officers were unable to safely approach due to the vehicles heavily tinted windows,” Woodling wrote.

St. Clair County SWAT members forcefully removed the man after several hours had passed.

The car and gun were discovered to be stolen, and police were still investigating the incident as of Thursday evening.

The suspect’s name had not been released as of Thursday evening.