Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Zach Faulkner who was wounded during a shootout with a murder suspect in May returned to work on Monday (Sept. 20), Sheriff Dave Marshak announced on Twitter.
“While Zach has some healing to do before returning to full duty, I was excited to see his return to the office for ‘light duty,’” Marshak said. “Our agency will continue to support him and his family on his road to recovery. Zach was optimistic he could return early in 2022 to full duty, and we are here to support his goals in whatever way we can.”
Faulkner was shot May 28 during a shootout with Anthony Legens, 36, of Cedar Hill at a home in the 8500 block of Lake Drive in the Cedar Hill area. Faulkner, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for six years and is a member of the SWAT team, was in the hospital until June 7.
Legens was shot and killed during an hours-long standoff after he started shooting at SWAT team members and detectives who were at the home with a search warrant to try to find Jerry Crew, 36, of Cedar Hill, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Legens was a “target” in a missing person case involving Crew, Marshak said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said Crew was still missing as of Tuesday (Sept. 21).
After the shootout ended when Legens was shot and killed, investigators found the dead body of Tanya Gould, 31, of Cedar Hill, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Gould died from a gunshot wound, but she was not killed during the shootout, and investigators believe Legens killed her.
“Based on the decomposition of Tanya, we believe she was deceased for approximately one week,” Marshak said after the incident.
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.