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Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2012 7:00 am | Updated: 3:03 pm, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

The man wounded Tuesday in an armed confrontation with Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers near St. Clair remains hospitalized.

But even the highway patrol is not aware of the current condition of Jeffery R. Weinhaus, 45, St. Clair, according to a patrol spokesman.

Weinhaus was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon when he allegedly pulled a pistol from a holster after failing to comply with a patrol order to get down on the ground.

The man was flown by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Creve Coeur, and initially was reported to be in critical condition.

Sgt. Al Nothum, public information officer for the Troop C area, which includes Franklin County, said the hospital does not provide updates to the patrol on the condition of patients.

However, if Weinhaus dies from his wounds, the patrol will be notified, Nothum said.

As of Friday morning, the patrol had not been told that Weinhaus died, Nothum told The Missourian.

He said the investigation into Tuesday’s shooting is still under way and investigators still are gathering information for a report.

Weinhaus, a well known anti-government Internet blogger whose postings often were directed at law enforcement officers and judicial officials, had been charged in a Franklin County felony warrant with possession of a controlled substance (morphine) and tampering with a judicial officer, both felonies, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Two weeks ago, after Weinhaus allegedly made threats against officials in Crawford County on a You Tube video, the highway patrol Division of Drugs and Crime Control obtained a search warrant to seize his computers and went to the man’s home off Highway K, south of St. Clair.

Then on Tuesday, troopers arranged to meet Weinhaus at the MFA Oil gas station on Highway K, south of Route 30, under the pretext of returning his computers and video equipment.

When the man got out of his car, troopers told him he was under arrest. They noticed Weinhaus was wearing a holstered pistol and when they ordered him to take his hands away from the gun, he unstrapped the holster and began drawing the weapon, according to a patrol report. They then fired several times out of fear for their safety, the patrol said.

Allege Threats

Authorities allege that Weinhaus made multiple threats against Crawford County officials in recent months. That’s what led to the seizure of his computers and the Franklin County warrant.

Weinhaus, who has described himself as a born-again Christian and both a political activist and a political prisoner, has been provoking politicians, judges and law enforcement officials in several Missouri counties for years.

In a video post Sept. 9, he threatened to “occupy the courthouse” on Sept. 14 or Sept. 17. It did not specify which courthouse.

That post led the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to increase security measures at the courthouse there, according to The Countian, a newspaper in Jefferson County. The newspaper reported in its Sept. 14 edition that officials in Crawford County were taking extra security measures as well.

Weinhaus has claimed to have evidence of numerous murders committed by law enforcement officers in several counties.

The Countian reported that Weinhaus had withdrawn as a candidate for coroner in Crawford County and said that was his third attempt at public office since 2000.

The newspaper reported that in 2000 he ran for sheriff in St. Francois County and in 2006 ran for alderman in the city of Piedmont.

He has been a defendant in a multitude of civil and criminal legal cases arising out of Jefferson, Franklin and a number of other Missouri counties.

Weinhaus wrote about many of these incidents and other alleged corruption in small newspapers he published, including The Provocateur

and The Bulletin which later evolved into his website, bulletinman.com.

Recent posts to the site chronicled the recent confiscation of his computers which he claimed were being held “hostage” by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

“If something should happen to me or my family I know that there are some REAL Americans who will deal with those who are waging war against the People. It is our goal to keep this peaceful but we the people are dealing with criminal thugs who don’t care about violence. Pray, people, pray,” he said in a post Sunday — two days before he was shot.

In a 2006 radio interview, Weinhaus said that the American people needed to get off their “duffs” and take back their country, starting at the local level.

“We are now in a military state and I am living proof,” he said. “Look what they have done, but I will never be silenced. If God is on my side, then I know I can never be harmed.”

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