UPDATE: Four Dead in St. Charles Shooting

Victims include 2 children, 2 adults

Brian Kelly
December 29, 2018 - 8:44 am

(story updated at 10:30pm on December 29, 2018) A St. Charles man faces 15 criminal charges, including four counts of first-degree murder, for an alleged killing spree early Saturday inside his own home.

St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar says 46-year-old Richard "Darren" Emery's motive is unclear, "Extremely tragic and sad. What could possess someone to take the life of a child is beyond me. I don't know how anyone could even do such a thing. We may never know."  

Lohmar identified the four victims as Emery's girlfriend, who was the mother of the two children shot dead, as well as the woman's mother. 

Lohmar says Emery engaged in a shootout with police before leaving the subdivision... then stabbed a woman while trying to carjack her. She's expected to survive.

Police found Emery seven-and-half hours after the shootings... He was inside a convenience store bathroom.  

(story updated at 3:00pm on December 29, 2018) The Major Case Squad says a 46-year-old male suspect is in custody for the St. Charles shooting incident. Charges are expected to be announced by the county prosecutor late Saturday afternoon.

Three of the four killed in the incident were identified by the Squad on Saturday afternoon: 4-year-old Zoe Kasten, 10-year-old Jonathan Kasten, and 61-year-old Jane Moeckel, all of St. Charles. Police say the fourth victim, an adult woman, died at a hospital.


ST. CHARLES, MO (KMOX)-Four people are dead after an overnight shooting at a St. Charles home. Police say it happened around midnight in the 100 block of Whetstone Drive, south of I-70 and west of Muegge Road. Sources tell KMOX that three victims, a man, a woman and a minor, were pronounced dead on the scene. The fourth died at a hospital.

St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkinson says police received a call for a man with a gun at 11:55, "During the 9-1-1 call the police dispatcher could hear gunshots in the background. Officers arrived on scene at 11:58 and discovered multiple gunshot victims." 

Wilkinson says that about seven minutes later officers stopped the suspect's vehicle. "Approximately one to two minutes into that car stop the suspect fired several shots at the officers. The officers were standing behind cover, behind one of the police car doors which was struck several times."

No officers were hit, Wilkinson says, but the suspect ran away.  A short time later he allegedly tried to carjack a vehicle from a woman, stabbing her. She is expected to recover. 

For the next several hours police told residents in the area south of I-70 and west of Muegge Road to remain locked inside their homes. 

The suspect was arrested at about 7:30 a.m. when a customer at the Quick Trip on First Capitol Drive found a bleeding man in the restroom. 

The Major Case Squad is investigating what led to the attack. No names have been released. 

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