Man found shot, killed in burning car

Police believe there is a connection between the shooter of a police officer and a murder in south St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS - Police are investigating after a man was found dead inside a burning car in St. Louis Saturday morning.

Police said Joseph Hults, 52, was found in a burning work van on the 500 block of Poepping Street at around 11 am.

When officers responded to the scene, they had to call in the fire department to put out the car fire. When the fire was out, they found Hults was suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

A police source told NewsChannel 5 the man killed in a shootout with police on Sunday may have been involved in Hults' death.

Hults' family started a GoFundMe page to help pay for an unexpected funeral.

The investigation is ongoing.


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