Two suspects are in police custody after committing a robbery at the Glen Carbon Walmart and firing guns at witnesses after fleeing the scene, police said.
According to the Glen Carbon Police Department, officers responded to the Walmart at 400 Junction Drive at about 9:22 p.m. Wednesday for a 911 call about a strong-arm robbery. Police say two suspects fled the area and were shooting at witnesses from their vehicle near the intersection of Illinois 159 and I-270.
A Glen Carbon officer pursued the suspects along westbound I-270, assisted by Madison County deputies and Pontoon Beach Police Department officers. This pursuit later terminated in St. Louis County near Shardell Drive and Poggemoeller Avenue, with both suspects being taken into custody.
According to a St. Louis County release, a Madison County sheriff’s deputy shot one of the suspects after the suspect exited the vehicle near Shardell Drive and Poggemoeller Avenue in St. Louis County. A handgun was recovered and the officer, who is 38 years old and has 11 years of law enforcement experience, was uninjured. The release does not identify the officer.
Officers treated the suspect at the scene and he was later taken to the hospital with what police say is likely a non-life threatening injury.
St. Louis County police are continuing to investigate.
Glen Carbon and Edwardsville officers meanwhile responded to Walmart to interview and attend to the medical needs of a 45-year-old woman, who was later transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers and detectives also interviewed witnesses and processed the crime scene for any evidence.
The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday issued warrants of arrest for Earl A. Barber, 41, of Ferguson, Mo., and Benjamin N. Smith, 48, of St. Louis. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged each suspect with two felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, as well as one count of robbery and one count of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon. Judge Ronald Slemer set Barber’s bail at $350,000 and Smith’s bail at $250,000. Barber and Smith are in custody in St. Louis County, pending extradition to Illinois.