By: Heartland News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Police arrested a man who is a suspect in a homicide investigation from Louisiana after a high speed chase on Interstate 55 in southeast Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Charles Richardson, 50, of Violet, Louisiana is suspected in a homicide in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana near New Orleans.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the chase started when Missouri Highway Patrol tried to stop a silver Dodge pickup truck just south of Scott City.
Walter says police noticed the truck again near Miner on I-55. Police pulled the suspect over at the 81 mile marker near Benton. He says police drew their guns, but the suspect sped off sparking the chase.
Richardson hit spike strips at the Cape/Scott county border and drove around them.
The sheriff says Richardson went off into the median near Center Junction. He tried to drive backward down the median. That's when his tires left the road and he was stuck at a guardrail.
Police say no one was hurt in the chase or crash.
Several agencies were involved in that chase including the Missouri Highway Patrol, Scott County Sheriff's Department, and the Cape Girardeau Police Department.
An officer with the Saint Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office tells Heartland News they received a call from 55-year-old Elizabeth Richardson Tuesday morning around 5:30 saying her husband, Charles Richardson, had shot her in the throat.
When police arrived they found 18-year-old India Mahoney dead at the scene from an apparant gunshot wound to the face.
Police say India was adopted as a baby by Elizabeth before she married Charles Richardson.
Elizabeth Richardson is in a hospital in New Orleans.
Police say Charles Richardson has a long criminal history including cocaine and weapons charges.
Police say Elizabeth Richardson recently filed for a protective order against Charles Richardson, but police believe she took him back because he has kidney problems.
A warrant for first-degree murder was put out for Richardson Tuesday morning.
Police had alerted authorities in the area to be on the lookout for Richardson's silver late-model Dodge pickup truck.