2 FBI agents, police officer shot in Mo.; suspect dead

By Brandie Piper

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Police said Wednesday a man suspected of killing his mother and shooting three law enforcement officers is dead.

Major Washington, 33, had been tentatively identified by University City police as the suspect who shot and killed his mother and wounded a University City officer Monday night, and wounded two FBI special agents Wednesday morning.

University City Police Detective Sgt. Fredrick Lemons II said Washington died early Wednesday after police responded to a home where he was hiding. Lemons did not say how Washington died.

On Monday, Lemons said officers responded to a home for a report of a man climbing through a bedroom window and opening fire.

Washington’s mother, identified as 55-year-old Donna Washington, was found with a gunshot wound to her leg, Lemons said. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

As three officers approached the home, one was shot in the chest. The officer, Zachary Hoelzer, is in serious but stable condition. Washington fled after shooting Hoelzer.

On Tuesday evening, University City police received a tip that Washington may be hiding at a home in unincorporated St. Louis County.

When officers arrived at the home, they learned Washington was armed and had barricaded himself inside. The officers called in FBI agents and the St. Louis County Tactical Unit for backup.

Rebecca Wu, an FBI spokeswoman, said two special agents were shot around 2:53 a.m. She says one agent was shot in the shoulder, and the other in the leg. Their injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Contributing: Kevin S. Held, KSDK-TV, St. Louis; The Associated Press.

Published Nov. 26, 2014 on USAToday.com.

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