Renardo Brownlee: St. Louis Police Shoot Dead Alleged Robber in Downtown


A St. Louis police officer shot an alleged robber in the head, killing him, early Saturday morning after the suspect reportedly pulled a gun on the cops. According to the the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, plainclothes officers on foot patrol came across a group of five men allegedly robbing two victims at the corner of 15th and Chestnut (below).

The suspects reportedly had the victims on the ground inside the park when they caught sight of the police around 1 a.m. and fled into a vehicle. The cops stopped the car, and the suspects were exiting the vehicle when one of them -- 18-year-old Renardo Brownlee of East St. Louis -- allegedly drew a gun.

He was shot in the head by a 30-year-old officer. Brownlee's cohorts were all charged with armed criminal action, first-degree robbery, resisting arrest and second-degree murder for the death of Brownlee. (People involved in a felony can be charged with murder if one of their accomplices dies in the crime.)

The suspects all hailed form East St. Louis. They are Albert Smith, 27; Anthony Jackson, 24; David Fayne, 25; and Charles Dawson, 19.