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St. Louis police commander survives ambush on special patrol
St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 6/13/13 | Christine Byers

Posted on 06/13/2013 7:08:55 AM PDT by driftdiver

ST. LOUIS • Police Major Joseph Spiess was among department brass who hit the streets after a particularly violent night this week, to help look for trouble.

He found some, and it almost killed him.

Spiess was among about a dozen top commanders helping supplement patrols Tuesday night after 19 people were wounded in eight incidents the night before.

By the time the shift ended, there would be two close calls for officers and one embarrassing mistake.

Spiess, 52, was alone, in uniform, driving an unmarked Chevrolet Impala about 9:22 p.m. when he spotted a suspicious-looking black Pontiac Bonneville with temporary license tags on Evans Avenue, heading west near Vandeventer Avenue.

He said he made a U-turn to follow, and the Pontiac’s driver would not stop for his lights and siren. The circumstances did not qualify under rules limiting pursuits, so he gave up at Evans and Sarah Street.

As Spiess continued along Evans, a man jogged slowly toward him and stopped between parked cars about 12 feet away.

“He looks me dead in the eye, lifts his pistol and starts shooting at me,” Spiess said Wednesday. “The first round sounded like a shotgun went off in my car. Then I heard a high-pitched whine go through the (open) driver’s side window and out the passenger window.

“He looked at me square in the face, I’m in an Impala, wearing a police shirt, and he was looking me right in the eye. He knew who he was shooting at. He absolutely knew I was a policeman.”

(Excerpt) Read more at stltoday.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: police
I wonder why this isn't getting more news. Sounds almost as bad as Chicago.
1 posted on 06/13/2013 7:08:55 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Just a street organizer, nothing to see here, just move along.


2 posted on 06/13/2013 7:12:50 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: driftdiver

for context, one has to know if he’s a good cop, or a thug with a badge.


3 posted on 06/13/2013 7:15:29 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: driftdiver
...after 19 people were wounded in eight incidents the night before.

What the heck is going on in St. Louis? Another Democrat convention or something?

4 posted on 06/13/2013 7:16:02 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: driftdiver
“He looks me dead in the eye, lifts his pistol and starts shooting at me,” Spiess said

Something needs to be done about these insane Amish.

5 posted on 06/13/2013 7:16:11 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: driftdiver
a suspicious-looking black Pontiac Bonneville with...

he's profiling....he's profiling racist!!!/s

6 posted on 06/13/2013 7:19:21 AM PDT by Datom (Still runnin' "Against the Wind.")
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To: driftdiver
"The circumstances did not qualify under rules limiting pursuits, so he gave up at Evans and Sarah Street."

...

"About the same time, a white Volkswagen, which fit the description from a robbery, fled from an attempted stop by a SWAT team sergeant at Natural Bridge and North Florissant avenues. Again, the officer did not pursue."

...

Police learned the vehicle was stolen, and contained a pistol and stolen possessions from a series of car break-ins, officials said.

About 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, the driver of the vehicle walked out of St. Louis University Hospital. Police have been searching for the man, 27, ever since, said Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole.

He said officers had put a “hold” on the man with the hospital but not a guard because they believed he was too badly hurt to flee.

Why do the people of St. Louis demand such bad police policy? Oh, that's right. They're Liberals.

7 posted on 06/13/2013 7:20:58 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: driftdiver
The absence of race in the description tells me what race it isn't.

8 posted on 06/13/2013 7:23:22 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: driftdiver

It is getting ugly. Between east saint Louis and downt saint Louis it is a combat zone..


9 posted on 06/13/2013 7:31:30 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Skip impeachment and move straight to deportation..)
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To: Oberon

Youts.


10 posted on 06/13/2013 7:32:43 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: driftdiver

Places I’ll never visit:

Detroit,
St. Louis,
Chicago,
NYC,


11 posted on 06/13/2013 7:44:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: G Larry

Inner Saint Louis is a crumbling cess pool. I hate the place.


12 posted on 06/13/2013 8:03:46 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: DariusBane

Eons ago I was taking a cab form the STL airport to Scott AFB. The cab driver asked if I was going to do any sightseeing - then warned me to stay of out STL and that “east STL would get me killed”.

This was in the late 70s - glad to see things have gotten better...


13 posted on 06/13/2013 8:48:49 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: driftdiver

“Police Major Joseph Spiess department brass”

“These guys parked their car, got out of their car with their guns and set up positions of ambush as I came slowly down the street,” he said.

Most police cars have realtime GPS tracking.

A hit? Gang initiation? Does Major Joe know something he
shouldn’t? Or just a typical night in St.Louis?


14 posted on 06/13/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: driftdiver

What do Chicago and St.Louis(as well as lots of others)have in common?DemonRat Strongholds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


15 posted on 06/13/2013 9:14:40 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: BitWielder1

Still no mention of race but a picture of Davonta Coleman removes all doubt:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-man-charged-in-shooting-of-people-during-violent/article_28af7ca6-dc4b-57af-b498-d3c5c0e16ff5.html


16 posted on 06/13/2013 9:16:16 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: ASOC

Custom "airbrushing" and missing hubcaps complements of East St. Louis.

Funny you mention Scott AFB, though... I dated a lovely young woman that attended McKendree College in Lebanon... drove out to take her to her homecoming dance on the Air Base. Along time ago.

17 posted on 06/14/2013 1:31:46 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: bandleader

My niece went to college in Chicago and is now in Cambodia working with refuges. A friend’s daughter went to college in St. Louis and is going over to a Cambodian refuge camp in a few days. Praying for them more now as they are (or going) over there - but It sounds like they are/will be in safer surroundings.


18 posted on 06/14/2013 2:12:15 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Rodamala

Ya.

The gangs in Las Vegas were so bad, several high schools held their proms on Nellis AFB - until someone got shot. No more dances on base.

We fled Vegas in 1991, the gangs had all but taken over the schools. I leave out the ethnicity of said gangs. AS you drive north up I-15 from the center of Las Vegas, you will pass a massive wall next to the freeway - is it to reduce noise - or keep the residents of the Cary St “projects” from using cars on the freeway for target practice?

So, it isn’t ‘just’ East STL - they are a lot of places that look just like a third world reproduction on US soil.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 9:35:41 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: 21twelve

GOD Bless them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 06/15/2013 7:42:22 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: driftdiver

A KY state policeman was ambushed a few weeks ago!

http://m.wlky.com/national-news/ksp-slain-bardstown-officer-was-ambushed/-/17432580/20310132/-/71glc3z/-/index.html


21 posted on 06/15/2013 7:51:24 AM PDT by kygolfman
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