EDWARDSVILLE — A Wood River man police say was shot in a Godfrey home invasion was charged with three felonies on Friday.
A Madison County Sheriff’s Office press release states Brenton M. Webster, 29, of Old Edwardsville Road, was charged with home invasion, armed robbery and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine).
Police say at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the Alton Police Department responded to the Casey’s General Store, 3499 Fosterburg Road, in reference to a gunshot victim entering the business and requesting an ambulance. Alton police officers responded to the scene and met with the gunshot victim, who was identified as Webster. He told officers he had been shot by a person who he arranged to meet through a Craigslist posting. Webster indicated the shooting took place in unincorporated Madison County near the intersection of Fosterburg Road and Illinois 255.
An investigation into the allegation by members of the Alton Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office revealed Webster was actually shot in the commission of a home invasion in the 300 block of Tremont Drive, Godfrey. An occupant of the home allowed Webster into the residence, after Webster knocked on the door asking to use the restroom. After entering the home, Webster reportedly attacked the homeowner with a firearm. The homeowner, who was also armed with a firearm, shot Webster during the attack. Webster fled the residence after being shot, and shortly thereafter entered the Casey’s General Store, requesting an ambulance.
Webster was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital on Saturday. Upon his release from the hospital, Webster was immediately taken into custody by St. Louis city police. Webster is being held in the St. Louis City Jail, pending extradition procedures.
Evidence developed during the investigation suggests this event is attributed or related to illegal drug activity.