VIDEO: Dashcam shows officer attack

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) – An encounter that could’ve turned deadly for a police officer in St. Louis County, Missouri was caught on police dash cam video. The video shows a suspect assaulting an officer in Calverton Park and nearly getting a hold of the officers gun during a traffic stop Wednesday morning.

“For law enforcement, it’s one of the least routine assignments that we have,” said Calverton Park police officer Chris Robertson.

Officer Alex Bowes, a two-year veteran on the police force, clocked Markarios Kirkwood, 43, of Ferguson, speeding 40 mph over the limit at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday on New Florissant Road.

“You are typically on a heightened sense of alert on every traffic stop,” said Officer Robertson.

Before Officer Bowes approached the car, he suspected Kirkwood had been drinking because he hit the curb before pulling over. Once Officer Bowes got to the car, he asked for license and insurance. Kirkwood could not produce a license. Police said Officer Bowes also smelled marijuana in the car–something Kirkwood said he had been smoking. When Bowes told him to get out of the car, he said Kirkwood displayed a knife. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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