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December 16, 2005
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Two are arrested for shooting at Mo. cop


An 21-year-old St. Louis man and his teen-age companion are under arrest for the shooting on Tuesday of a Alton police officer who was investigating a stolen car.

A third man has been identified, but not yet arrested and charged, police said. St. Louis Police and U.S. marshals are helping in the search.

"The apprehension of these violent suspects is a top priority for our department. They tried to kill one of our officers and are considered armed and dangerous to every community that they are in," said Lt. David Hayes, Alton Police chief of detectives.

A fourth, yet unnamed, suspect remains in serious condition at a St. Louis hospital. He was injured in the crash of a stolen car while fleeing police.

Demetrius L. Brooks of St. Louis is charged with attempted first-degree murder and armed violence for allegedly shooting at officer Jason Simmons.

He allegedly shot at Simmons when Simmons tried to arrest the 16-year-old boy who was with Brooks.

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack denied bond for Brooks. County prosecutors will seek charges against the boy in Juvenile Court.

For more on the story, see Friday's News-Democrat.

 Belleville News Democrat (

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