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Two St. Louis police officers on administrative leave after two suspects are shot to death

10:07 AM, Nov 18, 2009   |    comments
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By Jasmine Huda

KSDK -- Two people are dead following an overnight pursuit in north St. Louis City. The incident happened shortly after midnight, when a pair of undercover police officers spotted a stolen truck carrying five people.

When the driver of the truck noticed he was being followed by the undercover officers, he began to drive away. The officers followed the vehicle for ten minutes, at one point using spiked strips to stop the truck.

The truck wound up flipping over a guard wire in an alley at Clara and Wabada. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said the people in the truck were armed.

"Two of the subjects in the truck began to reach for weapons. And the officers were forced to fire in defense," Adkins said.

The two armed subjects, 26-year-old Jeremiah Henderson and 21-year-old-old Darrell Williams, were shot and killed. Two other people in truck remain in custody for question. The fifth person in the truck, identified as 32-year-old Montraill L. Claiborne, is being treated at a local hospital, Adkins said.

Claiborne and a 30-year-old unidentified suspect were TASER'd at the scene while attempting to resist arrest, according to police.  A 26-year-old unidentified woman was taken into custody without any problems.

View photos of the scene here

The officers remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure in this type of situation.  One of the officers is 34 and a 10 year veteran of the department.  The other officer, 30, has been with the department for more than three years.

Police said all five suspects have prior criminal convictions.

KSDK

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