The St. Louis Fire Department responded to the unusual call Sunday afternoon.
The auto landed on a one-story house in the city's northwest side in the 5900 block of Lillian Avenue at around 12:40 p.m.
"We had accessed the roof and the structure to see if it was safe to get on the roof", Arras said. His condition wasn't known, but fire officials say he was in and out of consciousness after the crash. Investigators say was gunned down.
Bruce Redding, the 66-year-old homeowner, was in complete shock when he got home from the gym, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Redding said the intersection in front of his house is risky and it's not the first time a vehicle has come barreling onto the property.
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Michael Arras, the St. Louis Fire Department's deputy chief of special operations, said it was like nothing he had ever encountered as a firefighter and they had to plan accordingly for the unique rescue.
'I'll just gather my thoughts.
Police arrived to the home around 12:40 p.m. Sunday and discovered the SUV, what appears to be an Envoy, on the roof, with the driver still inside.
The person who lives at the house was at the gym when the crash occurred, according to the department. "It was determined that it was viable".
Neighbors explained that if you stood at the intersection of Lillian and Mimika, it wouldn't be long before you would see cars flying by.