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March 18, 2015

"Kind of odd" indeed.

Jefferson County pizza delivery man shot twice by customer who tossed explosives at police

JEFFERSON COUNTY • A Jefferson County man faces multiple charges after a seemingly mundane pizza delivery turned into a bizarre and almost deadly incident.

What started as a routine pizza delivery ended with the driver shot twice and the customer leading police on a high-speed chase while tossing homemade explosives at authorities Friday night.

Todd Pigg, 38, was arrested and charged with assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon, among other lesser charges, Jefferson County sheriff's Lt. Col. Steve Meinberg said. [...]

Meinberg said the incident began at 9:30 p.m. when the pizza delivery driver arrived at Pigg's home in the Vogel Manor mobile home park in an unincorporated area of Jefferson County. Meinberg said Pigg didn't give the deliveryman enough money. When he asked for more, Pigg closed his door.

As the deliveryman walked to his vehicle to call his boss, Pigg allegedly walked up behind him with a gun. The deliveryman turned, and Pigg fired at him, hitting him in the chest.

The deliveryman ran through the mobile home park as Pigg chased him while firing more shots, wounding him in the back. The shooter then got into his own vehicle. The victim ran to a nearby home and residents called police.

Meinberg said the deliveryman was conscious when taken to a hospital. As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the deliveryman was stable, Meinberg said.

Police chased Pigg northbound on Interstate 55 and into Illinois. Meinberg said during the pursuit Pigg threw homemade dynamite sticks at them. The chase went from Illinois to downtown St. Louis on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and then to Interstate 170. Police used spike strips to disable the vehicle near Page Boulevard. [...]

Meinberg said Interstate 55 was temporarily closed while police searched for objects he had thrown at officers. [...]

Meinberg said neighbors said Pigg lived alone and described him as "kind of odd."

Posted by joke du jour at March 18, 2015 06:02 PM

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