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St. Louis man charged after officer injured in shootout

June 1, 2021 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been charged after he allegedly fired shots at police officers after a vehicle pursuit, prosecutors said.

Darne D. Ricks, 30, was charged Saturday with resisting arrest, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

Investigators said officers tried to stop Ricks on Friday as part of an investigation into a carjacking. Ricks fled in his vehicle and reached speeds up to 100 mph before crashing, police said.

When two officers pulled up to the scene, Ricks fired several shots, hitting one officer, according to charging documents. The other officer chased and arrested Ricks, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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The officer who was shot was treated at a hospital and released.

Police Chief John Hayden said the officers returned fire but missed Ricks.

Ricks also was charged Sunday with armed criminal action and conspiracy to commit a felony in an armed robbery and carjacking, in the original carjacking case.