Two Velda City police officers charged in February shooting

The officers face first degree assault and armed criminal action charges

Brian Kelly
July 24, 2020 - 3:29 pm
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CLAYTON (KMOX) -- Two Velda City police officers have been charged in the February shooting of a fleeing suspect.

Prosecutors say Officers Christopher Gage and Matthew Schanz have both been charged with one count each of armed criminal action and first degree assault -- they're accused of shooting at a suspect who allegedly drove at them as he fled a traffic stop.

Schanz was on hand at the St. Louis County courthouse posting bail as St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell gave his news conference to announce the charges.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

KMOX's Alex Degman contributed to this report.