An Alton woman is dead after she was shot while inside an Alton Police patrol car. Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident that took place on Wednesday in north St. Louis County as the woman was being transported to Christian Hospital. The 13 year veteran officer was not injured, and has not yet been named.
The woman has been identified as 20 year old Stephanie Hicks of the 700 block of Linden Street in Alton. Hicks was reportedly walking across the Clark Bridge when an officer was called to the scene after another man stopped the woman. Alton Police Chief David Hayes says it was considered a mental health case and the woman was provided courtesy transportation to the hospital located just off Highway 367 near Interstate 270. Just before arriving at Christian, the woman and police officer apparently began to struggle and the woman was shot just after 9:00am. Police in St. Louis County are leading the investigation but have not said if the woman grabbed the gun and shot herself or was shot by the officer during the reported struggle with the officers weapon.