Man shot by police charged

ST. LOUIS – Charges have been filed against a man shot by police Thursday after allegedly robbing a convenience store and then leading police on a pursuit before firing several times at officers.

Lavaughn Lewis, 23, is charged with first-degree robbery, four counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, first-degree assault, six counts of armed criminal action, felony fleeing/resisting arrest, and possession of a defaced firearm.

Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday an employee of a convenience store in the 2900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive flagged down officers to report a robbery. The clerk said a man robbed him at gunpoint before running from the scene.

The clerk gave officers a description of the suspect, and a short time later they found what they believed to be his vehicle in the area. They tried to curb the vehicle, but police say Lewis drove away, initiating a pursuit.

Police say Lewis stopped in the 3700 block of Palm, jumped out of the vehicle, and ran east before turning toward officers and firing at them several times.

Three of the pursuing officers drew their guns and shot Lewis, striking him in the hip, thigh, back, and hand. He was taken to an area hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

Lewis' weapon and cash believed to have been stolen from the store were recovered at the scene.

The officers are described as a 35-year-old with 10 years of service, a 32-year-old with three years of service, a 29-year-old with one year of service, and a 41-year-old with 18 years of service.

Lewis' bond is set at $250,000 cash-only.


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