BREAKING News Out Of St. Louis- Here’s What We Know

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BREAKING: A gunman is currently barricaded inside a northeast St. Louis County home amid a standoff with officers after he shot a U.S. Marshal in the chest while trying to serve a search warrant.

A source tells FOX 2 that the officer is, “OK.”  He was shot in the chest, but a bulletproof vest stopped the bullet.  The officer is currently at the hospital for observation.

Officers with the Fugitive Task Force were serving the warrant at a home in the 10300 block of Durness Monday morning.  The suspect is wanted for first-degree assault and domestic assault.  The US Marshalls Service tells FOX 2 that the suspect fired shots at the officers when they exited their vehicles.

The US Marshals returned fire.  The suspect is currently barricaded inside the home. St. Louis County Police, Bellefontaine Police and the US Marshalls and the suspect are currently engaged in a standoff.  They have weapons pointed at the home.

The shooter, identified by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as William Watson Jr., is wanted for first-degree assault and domestic assault.

Fox News reports that an arrest warrant was issued for Watson after he failed to show up at court in November following a domestic assault conviction in September.

During the trial, a woman testified that Watson choked and body-slammed her, while Watson said she came at him with a knife.

Live images showed a heavy police presence and a SWAT team in the area.


But as of 12:30 p.m. local time, the standoff ended, according to KMOV.

It was not immediately clear if the suspect is in custody and what his condition is.

“Father of suspect William Watson Jr arrived at scene trying to find out if his son is dead or alive after standoff ended. Started when task force member shot in chest when going to make arrest in Glasgow Village.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more updates.



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