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St. Louis Man Who Struck Officer While Fleeing Sentenced to Prison

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

ST. LOUIS – A man from St. Louis, Missouri, who struck a St. Charles police officer while trying to flee was sentenced Thursday to 63 months in prison.

On July 11, 2022, officers from the St. Charles Police Department were called to a Waffle House and found Ameer Raff-Covington, now 32, passed out behind the wheel of a Mazda SUV. Officers had also been told that Raff-Covington had been involved in a dispute with a waitress earlier. Once awakened, Raff-Covington refused to get out of the SUV and provided a false date of birth and Social Security number to police. After being told he was under arrest, Raff-Covington put the SUV in reverse, striking an officer in the knee and pinning him between his car and another vehicle, according to Raff-Covington’s plea agreement. Raff-Covington also struck two vehicles and two Ameren electrical boxes. He stopped when officers held him at gunpoint. After Raff-Covington was removed from the vehicle, officers found a stolen Glock handgun between the driver’s seat and the center console.

Raff-Covington pleaded guilty in August to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The St. Charles County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassandra Wiemken is prosecuting the case. 

Contact

Robert Patrick, Public Affairs Officer, robert.patrick@usdoj.gov.

Updated November 30, 2023

Topic
Firearms Offenses