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Ranger Struck By Vehicle, Shoots Assailant

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

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A uniformed park law enforcement ranger was treated and released from a St. Louis hospital last Sunday evening after being attacked by a man earlier that morning. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on June 29th when the ranger approached four men who were throwing barricades into the Mississippi River near First Street and Washington Avenue. One of the men attacked the ranger, who then attempted to subdue him with a taser. The ranger was able to handcuff one wrist before the man ran to his vehicle. The man, now in control of the vehicle, struck the ranger with the car and the ranger in response fired several rounds from his service weapon. The man then drove the vehicle about 10 blocks north of the park before being involved in a motor vehicle accident.  When city police arrived at the accident, they found the man trapped in the car with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died. An investigation is being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Department for the city of St. Louis, with cooperation from the National Park Service.



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