St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A 46-year-old local man with a criminal record was sentenced to life in prison Monday for a 2009 armed carjacking and shooting at police officers, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.
According to court documents, the carjacking occurred April 23, 2009 at a gas station in North St. Louis County. A woman was putting gas in her car when the defendant, Harold Ford, approached her from behind, ordered her to get into the car and drive him to several locations in the area.
Ford indicated to the woman that he'd just finished serving 18 years on a 20-year prison sentence. Ford eventually let the woman leave the car and flee, but not before taking her cell phone and driver's license, warning her that if she contacted police he would send someone to her home to kill her.
Two weeks later, officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department saw Harold Ford run a red light in the carjacked vehicle and drive down a one-way street in South St. Louis City.
Ford led the officers of a high-speed chase through the city before crashing the vehicle. He fired two shots into the windshield of a marked patrol car and fired three additional shots into the passenger side of the patrol car. One officer received a gunshot wound to the hand. The other officer was deafened.
Harold Ford was eventually captured. He pleaded guilty last November to one count of carjacking, one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.