FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUTHORITY of LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Contact – Sheriff Rick Harrell
Phone – 314-276-5737
On 4/29/2021, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by multiple area law enforcement agencies during a pursuit that ended with an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 21 year old man from Troy, Missouri. The suspect was wanted in connection with the shooting of a St. Peters Police Officer earlier in the day.
At 6:01 PM, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified that an off duty Lake St. Louis Police Officer was following the suspect into Lincoln County. Officers involved in the search for the suspect converged on the area and pursued the suspect into southern Lincoln County. Sheriff’s Deputies were joined by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troy Police Department, Lake St. Louis Police Department, Moscow Mills Police Department, and Metro Air Support.
The suspect stopped his vehicle in the area of 2639 Myers Road, Foristell, Missouri. As law enforcement officers positioned themselves, the suspect exited his vehicle with a rifle and immediately opened fire at officers. After shooting multiple rounds from one rifle, he grabbed a second rifle out of his vehicle and continued firing. A Lincoln County Sheriff vehicle was struck by gunfire.
After being fired upon, two Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Lake St. Louis K-9 Police Officer returned fire. One Deputy is 25 years of age with 4 years of service. The second Deputy is 53 years of age with 30 years of service. The Lake St. Louis K-9 Officer 15 years of service and is 38 years of age.
Following the shooting, officers provided first aid to the suspect, however, he later succumbed to his wounds at an area hospital. He is identified as Joe Robideau, 21, residing in the 200 block of Rockport in Troy, Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol took control of the crime scene and will be handling the investigation at the request of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Per department policy, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were placed on Administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
“The law enforcement officers involved in this incident and area residents are very fortunate to have not been killed or injured due to the amount of gunfire from the suspect. This tragic event highlights the dangers we face every day in this profession”, said Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell. “We cannot thank the assisting law enforcement agencies enough. By the grace of God we are thankful that there was no other loss of life.”