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St. Louis deputy carjacked, robbed during brazen attack while in uniform

The officer was waiting on a tow truck when two assailants approached and demanded his vehicle, phone and gun

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By Ashley Silver
Police1 Staff

ST. LOUIS — Two suspects fled the scene after carjacking and robbing a St. Louis sheriff’s deputy while he was still in uniform earlier this week.

According to KSDK News, the 37-year-old deputy was leaving his secondary security job at a local business when he noticed his car was leaking coolant. As he was waiting for a tow truck to arrive, two armed suspects emerged and demanded he get out of his car.

After exiting his vehicle, a struggle ensued between the suspects and the deputy, with the assailants reaching for his holstered firearm. With no luck removing the gun by force, they told the deputy to hand over his gun.

Lt. Michael Gamache, the supervisor on call that day, recounted details of the incident to KSDK.

“He still had his hands up. He said, ‘Just go, I’m not giving you my gun,’” Gamache told the news platform. “One male put a gun to his head and told him to, ‘Give up your gun.’ The other male reached across and was able to undo it from his holster and took his gun.”

The robbers also took the officer’s phone before driving off in his 2011 Chevy Cruze.

“It’s nerve-racking. I mean you’re out there doing your job and you’re in full uniform, you don’t think anything like this is going to happen to you, and sure enough, it does,” Lt. Gamache told KSDK.

Gamache also told the media outlet that investigators were able to track the suspects up to a certain point using the Find My iPhone feature and the car’s GPS, but eventually lost their trail.

An investigation is ongoing to locate the two assailants. The deputy was not injured during the incident.

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