Armed robbery leads to officer involved shooting in Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON — The Illinois State Police was requested by the Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD) to assist with an officer-involved shooting involving an officer from the MVPD.

According to ISP, around 2:43 a.m. Wednesday, MVPD officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at a gas station in the 1800 block of South 10th Street in Mt. Vernon.

A preliminary investigation indicates an MVPD officer encountered an individual who matched the description of the suspect involved in the armed robbery.

As the MVPD officer approached the male suspect, 55-year-old Fredrick Goss, of Mt. Vernon, he fled on foot. The MVPD officer chased Goss on foot.

During the foot chase, gunfire was exchanged between Goss and the MVPD officer. Goss was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The MVPD officer was uninjured. A firearm was recovered at the scene along with evidence relating to the armed robbery.

ISP Zone 7 Investigations is leading this open and ongoing investigation. No additional information will be released at this time by ISP Zone 7.

The Mt Vernon Police Department says it’s working with the Jefferson County States Attorneys Office at this time its anticipated charges will be filed against Goss.

Goss is currently on supervised release with the United States Probation Office Southern District of Illinois for a previous conviction for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Mt Vernon Detectives are in communication with that office.