JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A suspect is dead and a Jerseyville police officer is recovering from injuries suffered in a shootout at the end of a foot chase this morning.
It started about 1 a.m. when a burglar alarm at DJ’s Pub and Grill on West Prairie went off. Two Jerseyville officers and a Jersey County sheriff’s deputy showed up, and the suspect took off with the officers in pursuit.
“When one officer finally caught up to him, it was in-between two houses over here on 16 West in Jerseyville, the subject opened fire on the officer, the officer returned fire,” says Jerseyville Police Chief Dan Blackorby.
Blackorby says the officer and the suspect were both hit several times. The suspect, who was in his 20s, died at a local hospital. The officer was taken to a St. Louis hospital. He’s in critical but stable condition.
Blackorby says the officer is 30 years old. He’s joined the Jerseyville Police Department in 2014 after working as a St. Louis metropolitan police officer.