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UNIVERSITY CITY • Officers fired shots early Friday at an SUV that repeatedly charged at police in a residential area, police said.

The incident started when officers received reports about 1:15 a.m. about a suspicious SUV that pulled into a backyard in the 6500 block of Crest Avenue. When police arrived and tried to approach the vehicle, the driver hit the gas, nearly striking officers before they dove out of the way, police said. 

The driver then revved the engine of the SUV, which moved in the direction of two more officers, and the officers fired shots at the vehicle, according to a news release from the department. 

Police said the vehicle sped up and struck several yard structures before it got wedged in a fence and stopped. Officers tried to ask the occupants to get ouf of the SUV, but  had to use ballistic shields for protection and pull them from the SUV to arrest them.

No one was seriously injured, but police say two of the car's occupants were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The department did not specify the nature or cause of the injuries, and did not immediately respond to questions asking if the shots officers fired hit any of the occupants of the car. 

There were five people inside the vehicle, three of whom were taken into custody. Police found suspected drugs and two stolen guns in the SUV. 

David Anderson, 18, has been charged with two counts of assault against a special victim and resisting arrest. Anderson is being held on $25,000 cash-only bail. Tommy Conners, 25, had an active warrant for possession of a controlled substance from St. Louis city, and was charged with unlawful use of a weapon. A 16-year-old in the car was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen firearm.

Erin Heffernan is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.