- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis man was charged Thursday with murder and other felonies in what police said was a shooting rampage that killed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, critically injured the woman’s son and wounded a responding officer.

St. Louis prosecutors charged Maurice Hoskins, 40, with two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of armed criminal action and two counts of assault against a law enforcement officer.

Online court records did not show an attorney of record who could speak on Hoskins’ behalf. He was ordered jailed on a $2 million cash bond.

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the gunfire erupted late Wednesday after a confrontation at a St. Louis home, where 40-year-old Maurice Partlow was fatally shot during a struggle over the suspect’s weapon.

The woman, Jacara Sproaps, 38, and her 18-year-old son, whose name was not released, tried to flee, but the suspect shot them both. Sproaps, described by St. Louis media outlets as an elementary school principal, died at the scene. Her son, who was shot in the back, later was listed as being in critical condition at a hospital.

Police said the suspect was upset about a past relationship with Sproaps, who was dating Partlow.

When officers arrived, the suspect fired at them, Dotson said. One shot struck a police car and another ricocheted and grazed an officer in the leg. He refused medical treatment.

The officer who was struck returned fire but didn’t hit the suspect.

The suspect fled but was captured a couple of blocks away and taken into custody.

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