Man who allegedly bit and fired gun at Swansea police officer charged with attempted murder

A man who allegedly bit and fired a gun at Swansea police officers after fleeing a stolen vehicle has been charged with several felonies.

Darnacio Johnson, 20, of Belleville, was charged Thursday with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery of a peace officer, unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated unlawful use an of a weapon, according to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney.

Johnson was located by several police departments after O’Fallon Police tracked a moving stolen 2017 Chevrolet Silverado to the 3400 block of Whistling Cove in Swansea on Tuesday.

Police said Johnson fled from the vehicle on foot as they arrived. A female passenger was arrested without incident inside the car.

A single officer pursued Johnson on foot through several streets and backyards, eventually reaching a backyard on the 3200 block of Rand Lane.

According to the St. Clair County’s State’s Attorney, during his pursuit, Johnson fired a Ruger SR-9 semi-automatic handgun at a Swansea officer and bit another on the arm.

Police said two shots were fired during the altercation, one by Johnson and one by a Swansea Police officer. No one was hit during the exchange, however.

The Swansea Police Department investigated the case.

Johnson’s bond has been said at $1 million and is being held at the St. Clair County Jail. If convicted of all charges, Johnson faces a minimum of 37 years in prison.

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