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Man accused of hitting officer with van arrested after being treated for gunshot wound

Washington was arrested on Thursday after robbing a Costco store and dragging an off-duty officer with his vehicle (Credit: St. Louis County Police) Washington was arrested on Thursday after robbing a Costco store and dragging an off-duty officer with his vehicle (Credit: St. Louis County Police)
An off-duty St. Louis County officer started chasing suspects who allegedly stole from a Costco on Rusty Road Wednesday evening (Credit: KMOV) An off-duty St. Louis County officer started chasing suspects who allegedly stole from a Costco on Rusty Road Wednesday evening (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – The man accused of hitting a St. Louis County officer with a van following a theft in South County Wednesday was later arrested after being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.

The off-duty St. Louis County officer was shopping at Costco on Rusty Road when store employees noticed two suspects stealing over $750 worth of alcohol around 6:15 p.m. 

The 20-year veteran of the police department, who was not in police uniform, then walked to the store’s parking lot and got into his marked patrol vehicle. He then saw the suspects get into a panel van, which started to drive away from the store, according to police.

St. Louis County police officials said the officer followed the suspects’ van for about a mile towards a dead end street and conducted a traffic stop in the 11100 block of Lindbergh. When the van stopped, the driver exited and started to run away. Another suspect got out of the vehicle and surrendered. Both suspects were then taken into custody.

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While the two suspects were being arrested, police said, another man, later identified as Willie Washington, 39, was inside of the van and took control of the vehicle. Washington then reversed the van, striking the officer while fleeing from the scene. After being struck, the off-duty officer grabbed onto the driver side door and broke out the window. The officer then pointed his duty-issued weapon at Washington’s leg and fired it inside the vehicle.

The officer was dragged for several feet before letting go of the van’s door.

The van was later found unoccupied in the 4500 block of Pennsylvania in the City of St. Louis.

Detectives believe there were two people inside the van when it drove from the scene.

Washington was later arrested after going to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg, according to police.

The officer suffered lacerations to his hand and a lower-body injury. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening injuries

Washington was charged with one count of stealing, one count of assault in the fourth degree and one count of resisting arrest. He is being held on a $60,000 bond.

The two other suspects arrested during the incident were released from police custody pending application of warrants. A fourth suspect is still being sought.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-877.

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