NEWS RELEASE – False Personation/Peace Officer
SHILOH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Case Number: #20-407
Contact: Detective Jake Kienitz
Contact Number: 618-632-9047
On Monday, April 20th, 2020 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Shiloh Officers were dispatched to Charter Spectrum, located at 3950 Green Mount Crossing Drive, in reference to a subject that displayed a handgun inside the store. An investigation uncovered that an off-duty Law Enforcement Officer was in uniform at the store conducting business during this incident. The suspect began yelling at employees after being reminded of social distancing requirements due to COVID-19 and unholstered a firearm, which was later discovered to be look-alike “BB” gun. The off-duty Law Enforcement Officer confronted the suspect forcing him to leave the store. The suspect entered his vehicle and sped towards the front door of the store, stopping on the sidewalk in front of the business. The suspect was taken into custody by Shiloh Officers, along with the off-duty Law Enforcement Officer. While taking the suspect into custody, the suspect advised he was a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, which was later found out to be false. This case was submitted to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, Assistant State’s Attorney Airika Detmer issued a three-count Warrant: 20CF0056801 for False Personation/Peace Officer, a Class 4 Felony; 20CM0001125 for Aggravated Assault/Public Property, a Class A Misdemeanor; and 20TR0007324 for Reckless Driving, a Class A Traffic Offense, charging Shawn E. Brown, 44, of the 2100 block of Central Parkway, Florissant, Missouri with the above crimes.
The warrants were reviewed by St. Clair County Judge Robert Haida who set Brown’s bond at $50,000 with 10% applying. Brown is currently in custody at the St. Clair County Jail for want of bond.
The Shiloh Police Department would like to thank the off-duty Law Enforcement Officer, assisting Law Enforcement Agencies, and the community for helping to resolve this encounter peacefully.
*All persons are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.