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Suspect fires a gun while Swansea police officer tries to arrest him over stolen car

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Swansea Police have arrested a man it says stole a vehicle, ran from police, fired a gun and bit an officer Tuesday morning.

O’Fallon Police tracked a stolen vehicle at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to Operations Commander Captain James Cavins. The department had responded to the 500 block of Jeffrey Pine Court earlier in the morning about a stolen vehicle.

From there, officers tracked the vehicle via its On-Star service to the 2600 block of Sierra in Shiloh, where it was stopped. With the assistance of Shiloh Police Department, O’Fallon officers headed to that location. The vehicle then began to move southbound toward Swansea.

Belleville, Swansea, and O’Fallon officers located the vehicle in the 3400 block of Whistling Cove where a male driver exited and began to flee on foot. A female passenger was removed from the vehicle and arrested without incident, according to O’Fallon police.

The suspect was located and chased on foot by a single Swansea police officer through several backyards near the 3200 block of Rand Lane. The suspect resisted arrest and fired a gun. A second Swansea officer arrived and discharged his firearm before several other police officers subdued the suspect and arrested him.

No one was hit by gunfire during the arrest, police said, but the officer who initially chased the suspect and the suspect were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police said the suspect bit one of the police officers.

Swansea Police said no other suspect is being sought in the area and that the scene is secure.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation is processing the scene, Johnson said.

“As per protocol, Illinois State Police is also investigating the incident. We thank them for their assistance and helping us prove impartiality and transparency in this investigation,” Johnson said in a Facebook post.

As of Wednesday, Illinois State Police had taken over the investigation.

Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.
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