St. Louis city police chief speaks out about increased number of interstate shootings

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis City Police Chief comments on the increasing number of highways shootings and murders.

Metropolitan St. Louis police chief John Hayden says when there is an exchange of fire and someone is killed, solving the crime can be challenging.

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“Often there is a lot of ballistic evidence on the highway or in the car from which the shots were fired. And sometimes the victims don’t see who shot them, ”said Hayden. “Most of it wouldn’t be hype, but I would think it would be people who only know each other loosely.”

It seems that nobody is immune. St. Louis County Councilor Ernie Trakas was nearly shot dead on Interstate 64 last Friday.

The Missouri Highway Patrol has started regular enforcement. Hayden says the patrol’s efforts helped.

“Right now, the highway patrol is focused on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays at 8 p.m. to 12 p.m.,” said Hayden.

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The city police work closely with other departments in such incidents.

St. Louis County investigated 16 highways firearm attacks in 2020. The boss says St. Louis is not alone, there has been an increase in street shootings in other major cities in the country.

“I realized that I would see it on the news or through some sort of shared information with the Major Chiefs Association that other cities were experiencing similar activity,” said Hayden.

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