ST Lewis, Md. (KMOV) – A St. Louis Sheriff’s Deputy was robbed of his personal vehicle and belongings just after midnight Tuesday.
The St. Louis Sheriff’s Office reported that its deputy was working security for a Blues game at the Enterprise Center Monday night when two young, armed black males robbed the deputy shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office reports the deputy’s personal car was leaking coolant, so the deputy parked his vehicle outside the parking garage next to the arena while he waited for a tow truck.
“A gentleman put a gun to his head and told him to drop the gun,” Lt. Michael Gamache told News 4. “He had his hands up as he came out, you know, ‘Oh, don’t shoot.’ You know, ‘take my car.’ They noticed that he was in uniform. We don’t believe they knew he was law enforcement at the time until he got out of the vehicle. Once they took the duty weapon back from him, they kind of shoved him and both jumped into his car and took off down the road.
Neither suspect was in custody as of Tuesday night, but authorities said they intercepted a deputy’s cell phone in east St. Louis on Highway-64 in the eastbound lanes.
“I couldn’t go back to sleep,” said Sheriff Vernon Bates. “Informing me, it just happened and confused me. It is possible that he fired at them because we are trained to do so. But the fact that someone would rob a law enforcement officer — that’s kind of brave.”
Batts told News 4 he is considering allowing deputies to have home radios because law enforcement can respond faster than simply calling 911.
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