Police fire back, kill man on I-55
ST. LOUIS — A man who died after a shootout with police on a busy stretch of interstate near St. Louis was heavily armed, was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and had threatened to kill a relative and co-workers, investigators said Monday.
The incident began about 9 a.m. when several passing motorists stopped to help 31-year-old Jerrod Kershaw after he ran his vehicle off the road near the intersection of Interstate 55 and Interstate 270 outside St. Louis, said Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak.
Kershaw tried to carjack one vehicle but couldn’t because it had a manual transmission, Marshak said. He then stole another good Samaritan’s car and drove south on I-55.
Police spotted the stolen car and used spike strips to force the car off the road in neighboring Jefferson County.
Kershaw fired several shots at police, who returned fire, Marshak said.
Police closed the interstate in both directions, and a SWAT team and armored police vehicle descended on the stolen car. Kershaw was found dead inside the vehicle, which television footage showed was riddled with bullet holes.
No officers or bystanders were hurt during the chase and shootout.