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Murder charge filed after woman hit by stray bullet in north St. Louis dies

Murder charge filed after woman hit by stray bullet in north St. Louis dies

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ST. LOUIS • Prosecutors on Monday upgraded the charges against a man who allegedly hit a woman with a stray bullet when he opened fire at two police officers last year. The woman was at first left paralyzed but then died of related injuries about a year later.

Devonte Morgan

Devonte Morgan, of St. Louis, was charged in a shooting that injured two St. Louis officers and a woman in a nearby building. The charge was upgraded to murder after the woman, Tamara Collier, died. Morgan was blinded in one eye from a previous shooting. 

Devonte Morgan, 26, is now facing a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting of Tamara Collier. Morgan is also charged with two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action and a count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Court documents say he lived in the 1400 block of North Ninth Street, where the shooting occurred on Sept. 1, 2017. He was ordered held without bail.

Morgan allegedly fired at least 10 rounds from an assault rifle at two gang squad officers who were patrolling in an unmarked car at the Cambridge Heights Apartments.

Both those officers suffered serious leg injuries, court documents say.

Collier, who was doing laundry at her mother’s home om the apartments, was hit in the neck by one of the bullets Morgan fired when it pierced a door, police said. She was left paralyzed and died of her injuries on Aug. 25.

Collier went through intense rehabilitation and had appeared to be recovering. She gave many media interviews, including telling the Post-Dispatch that she hoped to move into her own apartment and live with her children again.

The court documents say her death was the result of her injuries from the shooting.

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