GRANITE CITY — Police on Tuesday located an unmarked squad car that someone stole from an off-duty officer after the officer got out of the vehicle to check on another motorist.
According to a press release from Police Chief Richard Miller, at about 2:30 p.m. St. Louis County police officers located the stolen 2014 Ford Fusion parked in the 4600 block of Wallington Court in north St. Louis County.
The vehicle was unoccupied and towed for processing. Some items have been recovered and leads are being investigated, but there are still missing firearms and equipment.
Anyone with any information related to this incident is asked to contact Granite City police dispatch at (618) 877-6111.
The off-duty officer was traveling west on North Street Monday evening, waiting to turn onto Illinois 3 behind a dark-colored minivan with tinted windows that was stopped at the intersection .
When the van failed to move after traffic cleared, the officer exited his vehicle to check on the driver, thinking there was a problem.
Upon reaching the driver’s door, the officer could see the driver was slumped at the wheel. As the officer tried to awaken the driver, he heard his car backing up from its position behind the van.
The squad car, now driven by an unknown suspect, drove forward and struck the officer, knocking him to the road. The squad and the van both turned right going north on Illinois 3.
The officer received medical treatment for minor injuries.