ST. LOUIS — A five-hour standoff with police ended about 3 p.m. Friday in a neighborhood in south St. Louis. Police said they had removed two men and a woman from an apartment without injuries.
“They surrendered,” said police department spokeswoman Officer Michelle Woodling.
St. Louis police and U.S. marshals had information that a fugitive suspected of first-degree murder in the state of Washington and also wanted for parole violations in Missouri was in the apartment in the 3900 block of Utah Street, said Major Eric Larson of St. Louis police.
Larson said someone inside the apartment had fired several times inside the building and also once at an armored vehicle parked in the street. Police said officers fired no shots.
Police said they recovered an assault-style rifle and a handgun from inside the building. They said they were questioning all three people.
A police source said the 27-year-old fugitive was Kyle Johnson-Clark. He is accused of fatally shooting Daniel Rice on May 3 in Richland, Washington. Police in Washington had said he had ties to Missouri.
Police were able to make contact with Johnson-Clark on the phone during the standoff, officials said.
Detective Sgt. Drew Florence of the Richland Police Department said he was glad Johnson-Clark was taken into custody.
“We think he’s a very dangerous man and we’re glad he’s off the street,” Florence said.
Florence said Johnson-Clark had no other criminal record in the Richland area and also did not know of any family connection that might have brought him to that area.
Richland has a population of about 66,000 and is in southern Washington, about 35 miles from the Oregon border.
Johnson-Clark pleaded guilty in 2013 to domestic assault in St. Louis. Police said Johnson-Clark also was a suspect in recent crimes in St. Louis.
The incident began about 10 a.m. in a multifamily building on the south side of the 3900 block of Utah. That block is between South Grand Boulevard and Kingshighway.
Police cordoned off several blocks of the area in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. One man said he saw police sharpshooters on the roof of a building.
About 2:45 p.m. several officers with rifles could be seen standing behind a car parked in a driveway on the north side of Utah. About that time, three “pops” could be heard in the area, but it was unclear where the noises came from.