The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman’s body found May 28 in a home in the 8500 block of Lake Drive in Cedar Hill after authorities went there searching for a missing man and ended up in a shootout.
Tanya Gould, 31, of Cedar Hill was the woman found dead in the home, and she died from a gunshot wound. Gould was not killed during the shootout, and she appeared to have been dead for some time before investigators found her body, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.
Authorities are still searching for Jerry Crew, 36, of Cedar Hill – the man whose disappearance led deputies, detectives and SWAT members to go to the home on Lake Drive to serve a search warrant, Sheriff Dave Marshak said in a Twitter post today (June 4).
The law enforcement officers found Anthony Legens, 36, of Cedar Hill at the home, and he reportedly started shooting at them. Legens ended up being shot and killed, and a SWAT member was shot and wounded.
Bissell said investigators suspect Legens killed Gould.
Crew was last seen April 21 at the home where the shootout occurred, and authorities suspect he may have been the victim of foul play, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Anyone with information about Crew’s location is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 636-797-5515.
In another Tweet today, Marshak wrote that Deputy Zach Faulkner, who during the shootout, was struck by a bullet in his lower extremities below his tactical vest, is awake and has been transferred out of the intensive-care unit at an area hospital.
Faulkner, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for six years, underwent emergency surgery that concluded at about 5 a.m. May 29, Marshak previously reported.
“He hasn't eaten since last Friday,” Marshak said today, “so he needs your continued positive thoughts and prayers, but he is headed in the right direction.”
The Sheriff’s Office said those wishing to donate to wounded deputy’s family may send them to “Jeffco Deputy” at Fortune Bank, 3494 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, 63010, Attn: Donna Litton and The BackStoppers Inc.
BackStoppers, a nonprofit organization that helps families of police officers, firefighters and other first responders who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty, recently announced that it is donating $10,000 each to Faulkner’s family and to the family of a St. Louis Police officer who was grazed by a bullet in an unrelated incident May 28.
One of Gould’s friends has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover the cost of a funeral and memorial service for her. On the page, the friend said Gould “was the most beautiful soul who lost her life at the hands of domestic abuse.” The friend also said, “Tanya was murdered by a man she had made several attempts to escape from.”
As of this morning, the GoFundMe page had brought in $4,525 in donations.
Legens was a “target” in the missing person case involving Crew, Marshak said.
Bissell said when authorities announced they were outside the home on Lake Drive between about 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Legens started shooting at them.
At about 10:45 p.m., the deputy was shot. The injury occurred about an hour into the exchange of gunfire, and the situation continued until the suspect was shot and killed, the Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement.
Bissell said Legens died just before midnight.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that about 40 Sheriff’s Office SWAT members, detectives and deputies were involved in the shootout. Members of the St. Louis County Police and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office also were on the scene.
Bissell said investigators used a St. Louis County Police robot to perform the initial search of the home following the shootout. The Sheriff’s Office reported that numerous firearms and drugs were found inside the house.
Legens had many previous encounters with law enforcement officials and had pleaded guilty to a variety of offenses, including assault, felonious restraint, burglary, stealing, assaulting law enforcement officers, domestic assault, driving while intoxicated, possession of an illegal weapon and felony and misdemeanor drug charges, court records show.