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2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead

27 November 2014, 09:30

University City - A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said on Wednesday.

Police Detective Sergeant Fredrick Lemons said Major Washington, 33, died early on Wednesday after police were called to a home where he was hiding. Lemons declined to say how Washington died.

Police say Washington broke into the home of his mother, 55-year-old Donna Washington, on Monday night, and killed her. He shot a responding police officer in the chest. The officer, Zachary Hoelzer, is hospitalised in serious but stable condition. He is a five-year veteran of the department.

Detectives then received a tip that Washington might be hiding in a different home, and went there shortly before 03:00 on Wednesday. Lemons said Washington was barricaded inside alone.

FBI agents provided tactical support and two were shot — one in the leg and one in the shoulder. Their injuries are not life-threatening, FBI spokesperson Rebecca Wu said. Names of the agents were not released.

Lemons said Washington was found dead inside the home.

Also read: Officer injured in bride shooting dies in hospital

The St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Washington was released from prison in March for a 2011 case that began when he threatened a relative at his mother's home. He pointed a gun at arriving officers and police shot him during that incident. Details of his injuries from that shooting were not available.

Washington pleaded guilty to two counts each of second-degree assault on a law-enforcement officer and armed criminal action and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Washington had convictions in 2003 for drug possession, escape from custody, assault a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest, the Post-Dispatch reported.

- AP

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