St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s Office declined to bring charges against a woman who opened fire on police officers in downtown St. Louis on Friday morning (video below).
The incident occurred at about 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 13 in the 700-block of North 16th Street near the Social Security Administration offices and across from the City Museum, KVTI reported.
Officers responded to a 911 call about a woman threatening to shoot up the Social Security Administration offices and found the female suspect sitting outside in a gold Toyota minivan that was spray-painted with racial slurs, KSDK reported.
Police said the woman initially threatened to shoot up the Social Security office but then turned her ire on the law enforcement officers who responded to the threat and start shooting at them from inside her van.
Officials said a police sergeant was standing next to the door of the suspect’s vehicle trying to convince her to get out of the car when she fired her gun, KSDK reported.
Multiple officers returned fire but nobody was hit, according to authorities.
After the brief exchange of gunfire, the woman surrendered and threw her weapon out of the car, KSDK reported.
She was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.
But then she was released from the City Justice Center at 1:58 p.m. on Jan. 14, KSDK reported.
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the would-be cop killer who had been threatening to shoot up federal offices.
Sources told KSDK that Gardner’s office had cited a lack of police follow-up as the reason that no charges were filed.
“The case is under investigation and we can’t comment further,” her office said in a statement.
The suspect is known to local police and lives in her van in the neighborhood where the incident occurred, KSDK reported.
“I’m pretty sure that nobody was aware that she had a gun and her mental state. I mean this really could have got bad,” St. Louis Metropolitan Police Lieutenant John Green told reporters shortly after the shooting.
Lt. Green said it was unclear why the woman wanted to shoot up the Social Security Administration offices in the Downtown West neighborhood, KSDK reported.
The police department’s Force Investigation Unit is heading up the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below:
My crazy city, St.louis! Today… A woman planned on shooting up the Social Security Office, gets into a shoot out with the police! Can't make this ish up! She's in Custody! pic.twitter.com/KQfYzgCGmY
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