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Suspect opens fire on Mo. officer during pursuit

The bullets narrowly missed the officer, who returned fire


By PoliceOne Staff

SUNSET HILLS, Mo. — A man with several prior convictions fled from police and opened fire on an officer.

Police pulled over a car that had a felony warrant associated with the license plate Saturday, the St. Louis Dispatch reported. When the officer approached the car, the driver, Cassandra Williams, sped off. 

As the suspect’s vehicle exited the highway, Keown continued firing, striking the officer’s windshield multiple times. (Photo/Sunset Hill Police)
As the suspect’s vehicle exited the highway, Keown continued firing, striking the officer’s windshield multiple times. (Photo/Sunset Hill Police)

During the pursuit, the suspect’s car sideswiped an assisting officer’s vehicle. The passenger, Christopher Keown, fired several shots at the pursuing officer. As the suspect’s vehicle exited the highway, Keown continued firing, striking the officer’s windshield multiple times. The officer returned fire. No one was struck or injured. 

Williams lost control and crashed the vehicle, ending the pursuit. Both suspects were taken into custody. Police recovered a pistol at the scene of the crash. 

Keown was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and interfering with a felony arrest. Williams was charged with interfering with a felony arrest.

Keown has previously pleaded guilty to DUI in 2008 and driving with a suspended or revoked license in 2012, according to court records. He has several hunting-related violations as well, including killing and skinning a black bear.

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