Man cleared of wrongdoing by St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office after robbery suspect killed

Published: Jul. 16, 2022 at 9:33 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 2:05 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Police are investigating after a 26-year-old man went on a violent crime spree in St. Charles and was shot and killed by another citizen last month.

The crime spree started at a Mobile On the Run in the 1400 block of S. Fifth Street at around 2:58 a.m. on July 16. The 26-year-old suspect had a knife when he went into the store and told the clerk he was robbing her. He then held the knife to the clerk’s throat while she opened the register. Police said the man pushed the clerk to the floor and stole the money before dragging her toward the back of the store asking where the safe is.

The clerk was not able to access the safe. The man then dragged her back to the front counter where she opened a second register before he stole the money and fled. Officials said the clerk was later taken to the hospital for lacerations on her left wrist, right hand, and neck.

St. Charles police officers were on their way to the scene of the armed robbery when a call for an alarm going off came in at Mid-Town Phillips 66 in the 500 block of First Capitol at around 3:14 a.m. Officers said they found broken glass which meant a burglary had taken place.

While police were investigating the burglary a report of another armed robbery came in at around 3:20 a.m. at QuikTrip in the 2200 block of First Capitol with shots fired. Police said they arrived at the scene and found the 26-year-old suspect, identified Sunday as Lance Bush, of St. Louis City, shot by a witness during the robbery. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The witness, a 26-year-old man, told police he stopped at the gas station to use the restroom and buy something. He was walking back to his car parked at the front of the store when he saw a black SUV drive into the parking lot quickly. The witness saw Bush carrying a backpack when he left the SUV and ran into the QuikTrip to confront the clerk. Police said Bush dragged the clerk toward the front counter while holding a knife to her throat.

The witness said he grabbed his gun before going into the store and confronting Bush. Officers said Bush grabbed his backpack when he told the witness “I have something for you.” He then came around the counter when the witness shot multiple times at him before he fell to the floor. The witness and the clerk were both uninjured.

Investigators said Bush’s car, a black 2013 Toyota Highlander was reported stolen in an armed robbery on July 15 from the 13500 block of Riverport. Police found items that were stolen at the Mid-Town Phillips 66 in the car.

Police said Bush was homeless.

The St. Charles Police Department said the man who fired the fatal shots has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.