Mistaken for Robbery Suspect, Teen Shot by Cop; Gets Arrested Anyway for Gun, Weed

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Keon Davis was shot by police Thursday night.
  • Keon Davis was shot by police Thursday night.

A St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer with three years on the force shot a robbery suspect during a foot chase Thursday night near Fairground Park, striking him in the thigh.

Turns out, suspect Keon Davis wasn't involved in the robbery police were investigating. But a department-issued bullet in the leg didn't stop the Circuit Attorney's Office from charging the seventeen-year-old with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and resisting arrest.

See also: Four Teens Charged After South City Shooting, Robbery Spree Puts Victim in Hospital

It all started with a 911 call for shots fired at a robbery around 9:30 p.m. near Fair and Natural Bridge avenues.

Two officers in the area observed four black males matching the description from the call, according to police reports. The officers tried to interview them, but Davis fled on foot, holding his right side as he ran.

One officer, a 27-year-old with three years of experience, followed Davis in his marked police vehicle. At Sacramento and Fair avenues, the officer got out of the car and told Davis to stop and show his hands.

Sacramento and Fair avenues. - GOOGLE MAPS
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Here's what happened next, according to the police report:

The suspect did not comply and reached to his side. The officer, believing that the suspect was armed and fearing for his safety, fired one shot at the suspect, striking him.

Davis, of the 5200 block of Gilmore Avenue, is listed as stable in the hospital.

See also: Police Shoot, Kill Wanted Suspect Stephon Averyhart After Back-Alley Chase

Further investigation showed the four suspects, including Davis, were not the same men described by the 911 call about the robbery. Police released the other three suspects. On Friday, the Circuit Attorney's Office charged Davis with gun and drug possession.

The officer is on administrative leave, per department policy.

Continue reading for the full report from police. Here's the full report from police.

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Location: 4100 block of W. Sacramento

Date/Time: 03/20/14 @ 21:23

Victim: 27-year old white male (St. Louis Police Officer with nearly 3 years of service)

Suspect: Keon Davis, 17-year old black male of the 5200 block of Gilmore

Two St. Louis Police Officers responded to the area of Fair and Natural Bridge for a call for a "robbery" and a second call for "shots fired". Upon arrival to the area, the officers observed four black males, matching the description provided by the 9-1-1 caller. While attempting to interview the subjects, one suspect fled on foot from the officers, holding his right side as he ran. One of the officers noted above entered his marked police vehicle and followed the suspect's path. In the area of Sacramento and Fair, the officer exited the vehicle and gave a verbal command to the suspect to stop and show his hands. The suspect did not comply and reached to his side. The officer, believing that the suspect was armed and fearing for his safety, fired one shot at the suspect, striking him. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh and was conveyed to an area hospital and listed as stable. The suspect's firearm was recovered. No officers were injured. Further investigation revealed that the four subjects were not the same subjects described by the 9-1-1 caller. After questioning, the three subjects were released. As a matter of department policy, the officer that fired the gunshot has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing. On 3/21/14, the Circuit Attorney's Office issued warrants for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Possession of Up to 35 Grams of Marijuana and Resisting Arrest against the suspect. Once a booking photo becomes available, we will provide it to the media.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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