St. Louis police officers were on patrol last night in an area of south St. Louis plagued recently with robberies and attempted robberies when they came across two suspicious looking characters.
According to police, the two suspects came out of an alley in the 3100 block of Texas
(one block west of Benton Park) around 10:30 p.m. When the officers attempted to question the men, one of them ran while the other stayed put. View Larger Map
Police say that the fleeing man ran around the corner and pulled a handgun from his waistband. He then appeared to fire at the police, but his gun jammed.
Police report that the man tried to clear the jam, at which time several bullets spilled to the ground. Fearing for his safety and that of others, a St. Louis police officer shot the man several times. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police are identifying the man only as a 30-year-old black male. The officer who shot him has been placed on administrative leave pending a police investigation. The second suspect -- who did not flee from police -- was taken in for questioning but was not charged with any crime.