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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – A 36-year-old man is in custody following a brief shooting and police chase Tuesday afternoon.

St. Louis County Police spokesman Randy Vaughn says the incident began about 1:50 p.m when an officer attempted to stop a Jeep Grand Cherokee on interstate 44 by Six Flags.

As the officer was approaching the vehicle 3 to 5 shots were fired at the officer’s patrol car from the rear window of the Jeep, according to Vaughn. The officer was not injured.

The suspect then took off heading eastbound on I-44. He lost control of the Jeep a mile west of Route 141 crashing into the center median. The suspect was then talked out of the jeep by officers and taken into custody.

No word on current warrants, but an officer on the scene described him as having some past leaving the scene incidents.

No word on if the Jeep Cherokee was the suspect’s vehicle or stolen.

Westbound I-44 at Route 141 was closed while emergency crews and officers were on the scene.

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