Pine Lawn Police Chief Rickey Collins shooting investigation

9:49 PM, Oct 11, 2010   |    comments
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By Ann Rubin

Pine Lawn, MO (KSDK) -- The St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office has asked an outside police agency to investigate an officer involved shooting in Pine Lawn.

This all began Friday, when Police Chief Rickey Collins apparently shot at a driver who tried to swerve around a seat belt checkpoint, hitting another officer with his car. The driver was uninjured and taken into custody.

In many municipalities, outside agencies are brought in to investigate after an officer involved shooting, and the officer is put on routine administrative leave. But in this case, Pine Lawn officials chose to handle the case themselves.

And that's when St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch stepped in. He has ordered the St. Louis County Police Department to do an independent investigation of the matter.

At a city council meeting Monday night, a Pine Lawn spokesperson said the incident has been handled in accordance with their policies and they welcome the investigation.

"We understand that St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob Mcculloch has ordered an investigation. We're aware of that. We trust that that investigation will be fair and it will be thorough," said Spokesman Lou Thimes Jr. "Based on the facts and the events that we have received, we have determined that no employee of the city of pine lawn has acted inappropriately or improperly."

City Councilwoman Nakisha Ford added, "I don't know if it should cost him his job or anything like that. But I definitely would like to know what happened in detail and was it appropriate."

Pine Lawn officials say once the St. Louis County investigation is finished, they'll decide whether any further action needs to be taken. For now though, they say the police chief remains on the job.


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