Homicide in North County, charges issued on suspect

CLAYTON, Mo. – St. Louis County Police Officers from the North County Precinct responded to the 1400 block of Dunn Road on for a call for service in regards to shots fired on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at approximately 1:25 am.

Upon their arrival, officers reported that they conducted an area canvass where they located a male victim in the parking lot of Budget Inn. He suffered from apparent gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Monday, February 18th, the deceased was positively identified as Kelvon Phillips, 19 years of age, of the 11300 block of Rockgate Court in St. Louis, Mo. 63136.

Currently, the investigation is being led by the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.

The St. Louis County Police Department reported that additional information will be sent out as it becomes available.

If community members have any information about the incident, they are asked to contact the police department at 636-529-8210 to speak with investigators. To remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

UPDATE on homicide Wednesday, February 20th

On Wednesday, the St. Louis County Police Department announced that charges were issued on the suspect on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Ivan Henley, 23 years of age of the 10800 block of Hallstead Drive in St. Louis, Mo. 63136. He was charged for one count of Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Armed Criminal Action, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence in a Felony Prosecution.

Henley is being held on a $1,000,000 cash only bond.

The probable cause statement from the police department reads as follows:
On February 17, 2019, the defendant was in possession of a 9mm firearm, when he met up with the victim in the parking lot at 1405 Dunn Road in St. Louis County, Mo. The defendant entered the victim’s vehicle and sat in the front passenger seat. The defendant then discharged his weapon multiple times at the victim, striking and killing the victim. The defendant then took off with a firearm that had been in possession of the victim and fled the scene. The defendant is a convicted felon under the laws of the State of Missouri. The defendant has been identified as the person committing the offenses.