MT. VERNON, IL — The fitness trial for a 56-year-old Mt. Vernon man accused of armed robbery and shooting at a Mt. Vernon police officer has been scheduled for the end of June.
Fredrick Goss is charged with two Class X felonies for armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer stemming from a June 2021 armed robbery of the Mt Vernon Huck’s Store at 1801 South 10th Street, which resulted in the exchange of gunfire with a Mt Vernon police officer.
Goss was struck in the exchange and remained in a St. Louis area hospital for several weeks while he was treated for his gunshot wound that required him to use a wheelchair during his recovery.
A jury trial in the case was underway in October 2021 when a Jefferson County corrections officer was returning Goss to the courthouse from lunch recess.
As the corrections officer was assisting Goss from the back of the squad car into his wheelchair, Goss allegedly pulled the deputy’s gun from its holster following a brief struggle.
A deputy inside the courthouse witnessed the attack on surveillance cameras and rushed downstairs where he shot Goss who had reportedly attempted to shoot the corrections officer with his own gun but missed.
Goss was again sent to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound suffered just months after the first incident and the jury in the case was dismissed.
A professional fitness examination has been conducted and Judge Jerry Crisel will determine if Goss is mentally fit in a bench trial scheduled for June 30.