ST. LOUIS – A suspect who allegedly shot at a Jefferson County deputy is in custody and charged after a homeowner held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.
“The troopers told me yesterday he went behind my house, down through here,” Jerry, who found the suspect, said.
Jerry watched the massive manhunt Thursday from his house south of Valle Mines. A sheriff’s deputy was shot at and officers tried to find the dangerous shooter. Jerry woke up with a funny feeling about his shed, so he grabbed his gun and went to look.
“Had my hand on this gun,” Jerry said. “I opened it and he was sitting there on that generator. I pointed at him and said if you move I’ll kill you.”
Jacob Wray, 17, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
“He said, ‘please don’t kill me, please don’t kill me.’ I said, ‘you just sit there and you’ll be okay,'” Jerry said.
A gun was found in the woods behind Jerry’s house and that’s where Wray is believed to have spent the night. He was cold and wet so Jerry’s wife brought out a blanket.
“I grabbed it and threw it on him and said, ‘sit your ass down on that concrete and cover-up,’ and he did,” Jerry said.
Sheriff’s officials say Wray said he wanted to commit suicide by cop because of his drug addiction. But he was also driving a car stolen from a police officer in St. Clair. The sheriff’s department thanked Jerry for holding Wray at gunpoint till officers arrived. And they say Jerry had the right to do it.
“Absolutely, there’s still a standing statute in the state of Missouri for citizens arrest and he can detain him until we arrive. So he’s absolutely within his rights,” Capt. Gary Higginbotham with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said.