Officer Was High on Cocaine When He Shot Victim in the Back: Report

ST. LOUIS — Many were wondering why a 20-yr-old victim was shot in the back recently by an officer.

It now appears that the officer had been snorting cocaine before the shooting.

The officer, Arthur Sargeant, 48, has been charged with one count of driving under the influence of cocaine, one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, and two counts of official misconduct.

The shooting occurred when a young man was seen nearby a public housing complex.

Police claimed that the young man was a “suspect” in a “burglary.”

However, the man was not charged with anything.

Officer Sargeant is said to have gotten high on cocaine, at which point he pulled out his gun, aimed at the victim and began firing rounds into the victim’s back.

Officer Sargeant was working as a guard for a housing authority at the time, and received his training through the St Claire County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim’s identity has not been released yet and it is unknown what his condition is.

“The law applies to security officers just like everyone else and we will treat this case accordingly,” said Brendan Kelly, the State’s Attorney.


The official narrative was that the shooting occurred while police were “investigating a burglary.”

But that narrative has come under fire now that it turns out that the officer who fired the bullets was under the influence of cocaine.

After snorting cocaine and shooting the innocent victim, Officer Sargeant was immediately given paid administrative leave, according to reports.

Given that the victim was shot in the back, the question many have is: how can an officer possibly claim that he “feared for his life” from a man that was fleeing away from him?

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  • Mark Robinson

    the article PLAINLY says he is being charged with 4 charges… so he may be getting a paid leave now, as a security guard, but that is because, most likely, as a private employee, his employer is responsible for his actions, and clearly, they are liable to be sued. Henceforth, they are standing behind their employee until the point where they have to PAY. then, they will hang this POS out to dry.

    • Amber Mae Bliss

      But “aggravated battery with a firearm”?? Seriously? That’s the p#ssya$$ charge for obviously trying to kill someone?? Good God- THAT’S the most serious sounding of all 4 charges? Hang him out to dry by convicting him of freakin’ “battery”?? Come on! Might as well just bend him over Mama’s knee for a good spanking and just let him loose! That’s ridiculous!

    • Jim Zubkowski

      as long as he can still afford his cocaine then…

  • dollarbill

    The D.A. is doing little as possible to help the community. 1St degree murder nothing else. He was high off cocaine. Without his badge, how else do you explain it? Courts are corrupt an extension of the police.

  • KT Meek

    OMG, he is a fucking housing authority security guard, NOT A COP.

  • Michael Lafond

    First off, this guy isn’t even a cop, so who gives shit!!!!

  • LFW

    So was this a police officer or a security guard??? Article is unclear.

  • Rex

    He was a security officer! Not a police officer. Misleading title!!