ALTON - Alton Deputy Police Chief Jarrett Ford today announced there are charges after a report last week on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, of gunshots and a subsequent traffic crash in the area of the Clark Bridge.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

"Today, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the facts of the investigation and authorized a criminal charge of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm against Jerone C. Hornbeak, 23, of St. Louis," Ford said. "Hornbeak is in custody at the Alton Jail."

Article continues after sponsor message

Ford continued: "Officers responded and located a vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree on the southwest end of the Clark Bridge in Missouri. The driver of the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was transported to a St. Louis area hospital.

"Information gathered at the scene suggested the incident to have started as an apparent road rage incident involving two vehicles. Evidence of gunshots being fired was located on the Illinois side of the Clark Bridge."

Detectives with the Alton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division followed up on leads at that time.

"As a result of their great work, a suspect was identified and the suspect vehicle was recovered," Deputy Chief Ford said. "As initially stated, this appears to be an isolated incident."

Read More:

Jan 3, 2018 | Suspect evades police after area-wide chase Jan 3, 2018

Jan 5, 2018 | Police contend with third chase in three days across Riverbend Jan 5, 2018

RBRadioLaunchGif"Who - Pinball Wizard" now playing on The Eagle, the Riverbend's only Classic Rock station. Check out Riverbender Radio Today and Listen to Win!


If you have a news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail [email protected] or call or text 618-623-5930. Follow Dan Brannan on Facebook and on Twitter.

Print Version