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Wed May 1, 2019, 06:22 PM

Ladue Officer Charged With Assault For Shooting Shoplifting Suspect

A Ladue police officer has been charged with second-degree assault for shooting a suspected shoplifter in the parking lot of a Schnucks grocery store.

“A person commits the offense of assault in the second degree if he or she recklessly causes physical injury to another person by means of discharge of a firearm,” St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell said Wednesday in announcing the charge against officer Julia Crews. “It is our position that the officer’s actions were reckless.”

Crews, 37, responded to the theft call at the Ladue Crossing Schnucks on April 23, police and prosecutors say. While she was attempting to arrest a woman who was suspected of being involved, the woman ran.

Crews gave chase while warning the woman she would use her Taser, Bell said. Instead, the woman was shot once. Her family said she remains in a local hospital.


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