STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo.  ( – A man was charged after he threw a lit Molotov cocktail at an officer, injuring him severely in Ste. Genevieve overnight.

Tyson Paul Heise, 34, was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He’s being held at the Ste. Genevieve County Jail with no bond.

Police Chief Eric Bennett told News 4 Officer Pete Unverferth, 36, responded to the St. Jude subdivision around 1 a.m. after a neighbor had called 911 to report someone revving the engine of a motorcycle.

When Officer Unverferth arrived, he approached the driveway of a home. Heise then came from behind the home holding a lit Molotov cocktail. Bennett said the officer drew his taser and gave Heise commands to empty his hands and drop the Molotov cocktail. 

Bennett said a quick altercation ensued and the officer deployed his taser and Hesie threw the Molotov cocktail at the officer, hitting him in the arm. Bennett said the officer did the “stop, drop and roll” to put the fire out. He suffered extensive burns to his arms and legs. 

The officer was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, but he will require surgery, according to police.

Officer Unverferth is a 13-year law enforcement veteran, spending the last nine years with the Ste. Genevieve Police Department. He previously worked within the department’s DARE program.

Heise was taken into custody following the incident. Bennett said Heise had become recently familiar to police, with a similar peace disturbance call a few days before. 

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