Local law enforcement agencies were involved in an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a Lincoln County man on April 29.
According to a statement from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:01 p.m., it was advised by St. Peters Police that a St. Peters police officer was shot on a traffic stop at the 3000 block of Mid Rivers Mall Drive around 5:40 p.m., and information was obtained that led the St. Peters Police Department to believe a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer was suspect vehicle – and the driver was 21-year-old Joe Robideau of the 200 block of Rockport Drive in Clark Township.
An off-duty Lake St. Louis Police Department officer saw the suspect vehicle, alerted authorities, and began following the vehicle. A second Lake St. Louis police officer was heading home to his residence in Lincoln County when he heard the call – and joined the pursuit.
Five law enforcement agencies were part of the pursuit of Robideau, which led through southern Lincoln. Joining the LCSO and Lake St. Louis were the Troy Police Department, the Moscow Mills Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
According to the LCSO, Robideau then stopped his vehicle at the 2600 block of Myers Road at 6:32 p.m., jumped out – and immediately began firing at officers, riddling one of the Sheriff’s Department’s vehicles with bullets. After emptying his first weapon, he switched to a second weapon and continued firing.
Two LCSO deputies and a Lake St. Louis officer returned fire, hitting Robideau. Robideau was transported to a local hospital, where he died a short time later. No law enforcement officers were injured during the gun battle.
Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell said an area resident shot video of the shooting from his mobile phone, and Lake St. Louis officers also have body camera footage, which are both important to the investigation.
“Our body cameras won’t be arriving until next week, so the footage of the shooting is important to build public confidence in this department and provide transparency,” Harrell said. “It is also important we did render aid to (Robideau) before he was transported.”
The MHSP is handling the investigation. The two LCSO deputies that were involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending that investigation.
One Lincoln County deputy is 25 years old with four years of service, and the other is 53 with 30 years of service. The Lake St. Louis officer is 38 years old with 15 years of service.
The St. Peters police officer, 41, was shot in the leg, but the injury was not life-threatening. He was taken to a local hospital, and later released.
Robideau had no criminal record, and the motive for the shooting of the officer is unknown at this time.
“It was a tragic loss of life, but it could have been much worse if law enforcement not responded,” Harrell said. “Everyone in Lincoln County has a reason to be proud of the men and women of law enforcement.
“They did this county proud.”