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Felon Sentenced for Possessing Firearm and Shooting at Police Officers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – Quentin Bryant, 32, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 60 months in prison today for felon in possession of a firearm.  He appeared in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry. 

According to court documents, on July 18, 2018, officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call for an individual armed with a firearm in the 4400 block of West Pine.  Officers observed Bryant and approached him.  He began to run.  During the foot pursuit, Bryant discharged his firearm at the officers who were required to return fire in defense of themselves and for the safety of the public.  The foot pursuit ended when Bryant reach a dead end and threw his nine millimeter handgun to the ground.

“This case is another example of the everyday dangers the men and women of law enforcement face and the incredible courage and bravery they display day-in and day-out, said United States Attorney Jeff Jensen after today’s sentencing.  “You have a choice when it comes to a gun.  Pick it up or put it down.  We want you to put it down.  If you do, you save your life and the lives of others, including kids.  If you don’t, you will be aggressively prosecuted federally.  In the last year, this office has doubled the number of federal prosecutions of individuals who refused to put down the gun.  Today’s sentence is another example of those efforts,” Jensen continued.   

This case was investigated by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Updated December 19, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime