Trakas uninjured as shots fired at his car on interstate


Photo by Erin Achenbach

Pictured above: County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas gives opening remarks at the 20th JB Blast at Jefferson Barracks Park July 3, 2019. This year, Trakas was in charge of the festivities, after the resignation of former County Executive Steve Stenger. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

Councilman Ernie Trakas was uninjured when two shots were fired at his car while he was driving Friday on Interstate 64 in Frontenac, in what police describe as a possible road-rage incident.

Trakas, 70, R-Oakville, who represents most of South County on the St. Louis County Council, tweeted Friday afternoon that he was safe and uninjured in the shooting.

The Frontenac Police Department is still investigating the gunfire. Police received a “report of a possible road rage and assault” that happened around noon on the interstate near Spoede Road.

The reporting party, Trakas, said that he was driving eastbound on Interstate 64 when a passenger of a small dark gray SUV fired two shots at Trakas’ car. One of the shots fired hit the rear hatch of Trakas’ vehicle.

Trakas was the only person in his car, and no injuries were reported, police said.

“The case remains under further investigation,” the department said in a statement.

Trakas tweeted April 16, “Today reminded me that violence impacts everyone in our region. I appreciate all those who reached out today to make sure I was not injured. I also want to thank the Frontenac PD, who will be investigating. Out of respect for that investigation, that’s all I will say for now.”

County Executive Sam Page tweeted, “I spoke with Councilman Trakas earlier. We’re all grateful he was not injured. My thoughts will remain on Ernie and his family this weekend.”