The St. Louis County police got a little bit of help while trying to catch a suspect on Wednesday.
A 39-year-old man, Joseph Meacham, was attempting to flee from police after being stopped for a traffic violation. He unknowingly ran into police headquarters and was apprehended at gunpoint behind the police chief's office.
St. Louis County Lt. Bryan Ludwig was talking to media relations Officer Randy Vaughn when he saw Meacham dashing down the hallway. The man was headed in the direction of Police Chief Tim Fitch’s office.
"I told Randy that if I say, 'Duck,' it's because I might have to use my gun," Ludwig said.
Meacham seemed to realize his mistake and basically gave himself up. He was curled up in a ball when officers found him, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
"He acted like if he didn't look up and couldn't see us then we couldn't see him," Ludwig said.
The incident certainly caused confusion among some citizens that were in the hall at the time. "They were all standing around saying, 'Um, that man has his gun out!'" Ludwig said.
Ludwig and Vaughn held Meacham at gunpoint until the officer that had been chasing him arrived on the scene and arrested him.
Police are still trying to figure out what made Meacham bolt. A female passenger that was in his car when he was pulled over is still in police custody.