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Arrest made in shooting of St. Louis police officer

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Last Updated Dec 29, 2014 3:22 PM EST

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - An arrest has been made in the December 19 shooting of an off-duty St. Louis police officer and the killing of a man whose body was found in a burned-out car on the same day, reports CBS St. Louis.

Authorities announced on Sunday that 29-year-old Dominic Irons, of St. Louis, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of an accomplice, first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the station.

The charges stem from the shooting of a 28-year-old city police officer who was shot in his car on December 19 and the killing of 28-year-old Terrell Beasley, a man who was found fatally shot in the back seat of a burning car just hours later.

Police say Irons was driving a car that followed the off-duty officer on Dec. 19. When the officer got out of his vehicle, someone in the car shot the officer, who returned fire, killing Beasley, reports the station.

According to the station, Irons has a long criminal record and was previously imprisoned for possessing a firearm as a felon. He was reportedly paroled on Dec. 19, the day authorities say he committed these crimes.

Irons is being held on half-a-million dollars bond. Police are reportedly still seeking at least one other person in connection with the incident.