Grand Jury Indicts East St. Louis Man Following Officer-Involved Shooting

42-year-old Demetrius Ward is facing felony weapon and heroin charges

Brad Choat
January 24, 2019 - 10:08 am

Photo supplied/St. Clair County Police

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) — New details in an officer-involved shooting case from last weekend in the Metro East.

Federal prosecutors say an East Saint Louis man is accused of pulling a stolen gun on a Saint Clair County Sheriff's Deputy - after crashing his car in a parking lot near the intersection of 18th and Ridge Streets and trying to run. The officer fired his weapon and wounded the man.

A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Demetrius Ward on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession of heroin.  

In a statement, federal prosecutor Steven Weinhoft said, quote "We live in a time - and a region - where officer-involved shootings are flashpoints that are capable of sparking extremely emotional reactions. In moments like these - it is particularly important to calmly and objectively assess the facts - to separate right from wrong."

Weinhoft went on to say the officer was forced to make a decision that no police officer should have to make... and thankfully no one was killed.

Illinois State Police handled the investigation.