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Woman Tracks Down Her Stolen Car, Shoots 3 Alleged Car Thieves, Killing 2

St. Louis, MO – The victim of a motor vehicle theft has been charged with murder after she tracked her stolen car to a local gas station and shot the three alleged thieves who had it.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) said the shooting occurred near the intersection of Riverview Boulevard and North Broadway at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, KSDK reported.

According to investigators, 35-year-old Demesha Coleman tracked her stolen Hyundai Tucson to a Speedie Gas station at that location and confronted the alleged thieves out in the parking lot, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Security footage showed Coleman and a male companion approaching her stolen car in the gas station parking lot, detectives said.

She and the unidentified male were both armed, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Coleman pointed her gun at a man inside the stolen vehicle as she pulled the front passenger door open, the video showed.

Her male companion pointed his gun at the driver and yanked his door open, too, according to police.

Coleman then opened fire, leading to a shootout between her and the vehicle occupants, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Joseph Farrar, 49, and Darius Jackson, 19, were both fatally shot during the confrontation, police said.

Investigators found Farrar dead near a gas pump with a gunshot wound to the torso, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Jackson, who had also been shot in the torso, was found dead beside the stolen Hyundai, police said.

A third suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was found on the far end of the parking lot, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

He was rushed to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in critical condition and ultimately survived, police said.

Detectives said Coleman, who had no criminal history, confessed to having gone to the gas station to get her stolen car back, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

She also allegedly identified herself in the security footage that showed the shooting, according to police.

It is unclear whether Coleman knew the three men prior to the shootout.

Coleman has been charged with one count of assault, three counts of armed action, and two counts of murder, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

It is unclear whether the man Coleman was with will face criminal charges or if he fired any rounds during the shootout.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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