Family of Chase, Shooting Suspect Reacts to Arrest

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 21-year-old Dossie Baker. (Sangamon County Sheriff's Office)


10:30 p.m. update: The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office says Dossie Baker, 21, was arrested at about 3:10 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of S. 16th.

Baker is accused of several felonies including aggravated fleeing and eluding and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Authorities say Baker pointed a gun at a patrol vehicle on a dead end st.

The Sheriff's Office says multiple shots were fired during the chase.

Deputies and police eventually flattened his tires with stop sticks. Sangamon County Sheriff's Captain Jerry Felts says they don't chase a vehicle unless they absolutely have to.

"The risks are big for the public," Felts said. "The risks are big for law enforcement. The risks of a guy running around with a firearm, if he's OK with brandishing towards a police officer, that's kind of scary for everybody."

Baker's great-grandmother says she was there when he was arrested.

She says Baker needs help with bipolar disorder.

"He wasn't a bad person at all," said Geneva Piearson, Springfield. "He was a decent young man. He's sick and he really needs help. He needs mental help. He needs treatment. But you know, you can't make anybody do anything."

Some of the video in this story was submitted by a viewer who says their footage was taken during Tuesday morning's police chase.

Original story:

Multiple police officers taking part in a high-speed chase car chase in Springfield early Tuesday morning.

The Springfield Police Department tells us Sangamon county deputies stopped a vehicle at about 3:10 Tuesday morning.

The suspect fled in the vehicle and Springfield police assisted Sangamon county deputies in the pursuit. Early on in the pursuit, the suspect fired more than one round in the direction of a deputy. No injuries were reported. The suspect was apprehended in the 800 block of South 15th Street. The suspect initially refused to get out of the vehicle or discard the weapon, but the suspect was eventually taken into custody.

On May 16, around 3 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Highland for a suspicious vehicle. When the deputies got to the area the vehicle was located but refused to stop and disobeyed several stop signs when the deputy activated their emergency lights. Due to the minor nature of the traffic offenses and the risk to public safety, deputies backed off but continued following at a distance without using emergency lights. The vehicle eventually drove down a dead end street in the area of Taylor St. and South Grand Ave. When the vehicle turned around and came back towards one of the squad cars, the driver pointed a gun towards the deputy as he drove by. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle again by activating his emergency lights but the driver refused to stop so a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the driver of the fleeing vehicle shot off several rounds. With the assistance of the Illinois State Police and the Springfield Police Department, stop sticks were eventually deployed and several of the tires were flattened on the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle continued to flee but eventually stopped in the 800 block of South 16th Street because he was blocked by those involved in the pursuit. After negotiations with the driver, the driver threw the gun out of the window of the car and was eventually taken into custody. No Passengers were in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 21-year-old Dossie Baker. Dossie was arrested on the charges of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated unlawful use of a Weapon, and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.
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