A federal grand jury has indicted a Warrenton man arrested in July after exchanging gunfire with police during a chase in St. Charles County.Elijah W. Moore, 37, was indicted Oct. 3 on two federal …
Feds charge man who shot at officers
By Adam Rollins, Record Staff Writer
A federal grand jury has indicted a Warrenton man arrested in July after exchanging gunfire with police during a chase in St. Charles County.Elijah W. Moore, 37, was indicted Oct. 3 on two federal charges of attempting to kill a federal law enforcement officer, two counts of discharging a firearm in furtherance of those attempts, and one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a stolen firearm, carjacking and discharging a firearm in furtherance of the carjacking.The indictment was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Missouri.Moore was arrested July 29 following a burglary in Wright City that led to multiple police pursuits in Warren and St. Charles counties.The U.S. Attorney’s Office said during a pursuit in Wentzville, a U.S. Marshals Service officer and St. Charles County sheriff’s deputy were shot at by Moore, who was driving a carjacked vehicle. Neither officer was seriously injured.Moore had already been charged in St. Charles County under Missouri laws that overlap with the federal charges. His initial charges included first-degree assault against a police officer, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and first-degree motor vehicle tampering, all allegedly committed in St. Charles County.Even more charges could be waiting for Moore in Warren County, where he is accused of shooting at a Wright City police officer.Moore and another person, Patricia N. Winsor, 34, Warrenton, are accused of breaking into a home on Westwoods Road in Wright City early July 29. They allegedly kicked in the door and tied up the homeowner while gathering valuables, then left in the homeowner’s SUV, according to a July arrest report.A Wright City police officer spotted the stolen vehicle and initiated a pursuit. Police allege that Winsor helped steer the vehicle while Moore leaned out the driver-side window with a rifle, shooting at the police car and disabling it.The suspects then traveled to the New Melle area. The St. Charles County Regional SWAT Team surrounded a home on Highway D and arrested Winsor and a third person, who has not been charged in connection to the crimes. Moore remained at large.Winsor was charged in Warren County Circuit Court with first-degree assault against a police officer, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and stealing a motor vehicle.Just before 7 p.m. the same day, police said Moore stole a vehicle and fled toward Wentzville. That’s where he was again spotted and pursued by law enforcement officers in the incident that has resulted in the recent federal charges. Moore was eventually stopped north of Foristell and was arrested. He was injured while he was taken into custody, authorities said.Prior to the day of the burglary and pursuits, Moore also was wanted by Warrenton police for a June 30 robbery in which he allegedly held a man at knifepoint.Moore had recently been released from a 15-year prison sentence for assault on a police officer and armed criminal action. Court records also show Moore has prior felony convictions for assault, theft, and multiple instances of unlawful use of a weapon.