On July 8, 2019, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Rion observed a vehicle pulling a trailer near the intersection of State Highway 8 and State Highway O. Deputy Rion attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 38-year-old William James Logan of Rosebud, Missouri pulled into a residential driveway off of State Highway O. Logan turned into the driveway and immediately maneuvered his vehicle around directing it at Deputy Rion. Logan quickly accelerated his vehicle in Deputy Rion’s direction, causing Deputy Rion to reverse his vehicle into a ditch to avoid a collision. Logan intentionally swerved at Deputy Rion and impacted Deputy Rion’s patrol vehicle head on and fled the scene.
Deputy Rion initiated a pursuit with Logan onto State Highway 8 West bound into the City of Potosi. Corporal Robbie Wills positioned his patrol vehicle in the intersection of State Highway 21 and State Highway 8 to eliminate the possibility of Logan entering the residential area of Potosi. Logan continued to flee North on State Highway 21. Lieutenant Randall Martin deployed stop sticks at the intersection of State Highway 21 and State Highway E. The stop sticks were successful and slowly began deflating two (2) tires on Logan’s vehicle. Logan continued to flee after striking the stop sticks north on State Highway 21. Logan swerved off the roadway near Miller Road, at which time he exited the vehicle and fled across a barbwire fence. Logan was tackled to the ground by deputies and resisted arrest. Logan was taken into custody at that time.
During the investigation, it was determined Logan had exited the vehicle with a firearm but threw it while scaling the fence. A white female passenger was also arrested at the scene without incident. The vehicle, trailer and firearm were reported stolen and have all be recovered and released to the rightful owner.
Information was learned during the investigation that Logan had intended to shoot at deputies during this attempted escape, but due to reasons unknown, did not.
Logan is incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Facility, having been charged with the following: Assault 1st degree on Law Enforcement, Armed Criminal Action, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Stealing over $750, Stealing a firearm, Unlawful possession of a firearm, two (2) counts of resisting arrest, Property Damage 1st degree, Driving with a revoked driver’s license, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Logan’s bond was set at $75,000 cash only.
The female passenger was released without charges.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), were called and assisted with the recovery of the firearm, which was found in very dense undergrowth.
I would like to thank the Potosi Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Washington County Ambulance District for their assistance.