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Police on Tuesday identified the man they said officers shot and killed during a gun battle as DeMarco Suggs. Suggs, 32, of 404 Elm St. in East St. Louis, was killed Monday night after police said he ran from them, turned and fired. "Officers yelled to the suspect to stop. Instead, he pulled a weapon and started shooting at police," East St. Louis Police Chief James Mister said. "One officer pulled his weapon and fired back. Two others on scene also fired shots." The Illinois State Police Integrity Unit is investigating the shooting, Mister said. The three police officers will be placed on administrative leave until further notice, he said. Suggs was shot while police were looking for another man they suspected of beating his girlfriend. They were told the man might be at Suggs' home. According to Mister, shortly before 5 p.m. Monday police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of North 60th Street. No one initially was at the house, but before officers left a woman showed up and said her boyfriend beat her up. She said her boyfriend might be at a house in the 400 block of North Elm Street, about one-half mile away between 69th and 70th streets. Police followed her there. They found Suggs, who was a friend of the suspect. When officers started questioning him, he became jittery and ran back in the house. Police pursued him and he fled through a back door. When officers ordered Suggs to stop, he turned and fired, Mister said. Suggs died at a hospital in St. Louis sometime before 9 p.m. Monday, Mister said. He believed Suggs was shot in the chest. He did not know why Suggs ran or shot at officers. His criminal history in St. Clair County did not show any outstanding warrants. He had prior marijuana possession convictions. Suggs family members on Tuesday declined comment other than to say he is the cousin of the 1993 state wrestling champion who has the same name. Police on Tuesday were still seeking the man suspected of domestic abuse.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 19, 2007
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