St. Louis County Police Shoot and Kill 23-Year-Old Thaddeus McCarroll in Jennings



The video above is from the body camera of one of several officers who responded to the home of Thaddeus McCarroll last night.

According to a release from St. Louis County police, McCarroll's mother called authorities because her 23-year-old son locked her out of the house, was wielding a knife and talking about being on a "journey" or "mission." The press statement says officers observed McCarroll walking around inside the house with "several knives and a Samurai sword."

The video is very grainy and was not directly pointed at McCarroll when police say he came out of the house holding a knife, then charged at them at "full speed" after a "less lethal round" shot at him had no effect.

Click through for the full police narrative. We'll have more information as the story develops.

In the video, police can be heard telling McCarroll, "Come on down here. Nobody is going to harm you," and saying to one another, "he's got a knife." At some point, someone shouts back, "Fuck you!" A woman seems to be crying in the background.

An officer who gives his name as "Jason" spends several minutes trying to get McCarroll to talk to him or drop the knife. McCarroll seems to be demanding the police leave.

There's one shot -- presumably the "less lethal round" described in the police release -- then a very loud volley of shots. Officers shout, "Let's get CPR going!" and, "Get a medic!" just before the clip ends.

Here's how St. Louis County police are describing the video on social media:

Here's the police statement in full. (Emphasis ours.)

At 9:21 P.M. on April 17, 2015, officers from the St. Louis County Police Department's City of Jennings Precinct responded to a residence in the 9200 block of Riverwood Drive for an armed subject. Officers responded and contacted the owner of the residence outside who stated she wanted her son, later identified as Thaddeus McCarroll, 23 years of age, to be removed from her residence due to his behavior, which she stated was not normal. She told officers on scene that her son had locked her out of the house and was armed with a knife. She further stated the subject was talking about going on a "journey" and a "mission" and mentioned a "black revolution." Officers could see the subject through the front window of the residence, walking around the inside of the house with several knives and a Samurai sword.

Several attempts were made by initial responding officers to speak with the subject and have him come out of the residence, however all attempts were unsuccessful. At 10:30 P.M., a supervisor on scene declared the situation to be an armed barricaded subject and requested assistance from the Tactical Operations Unit. The Tactical Operations Unit responded, took control of the scene, and began negotiations with the armed subject. After approximately one hour of negotiations, the subject exited the residence armed with a knife in one hand, and a bible in the other.

Tactical Officers on scene began giving loud verbal commands to the subject, ordering him to drop the weapon. A tactical negotiator tried to establish a dialogue with the subject, continuing to ask him to put the knife down and come speak with them so they could resolve the situation in a peaceful manner. The subject started walking towards officers still armed with the knife. As he got closer, one of the tactical officers fired a less lethal round at the subject in an attempt to disarm him. The less lethal round struck the subject, however had no effect in causing the subject to comply and drop the knife. The subject immediately charged the officers at a full run with the knife still in hand. Fearing for their safety, two officers shot the subject multiple times. A tactical medic immediately began life saving measures however the subject died at the scene.

Several Tactical Operations Officers were wearing body cameras during the incident, and footage from one of the officers will be uploaded on our YouTube page.

Chief of Police Jon Belmar stated, "This is another tragic situation where police officers had no other option than to use deadly force against an armed subject. A family lost a loved one tonight and that is tragic, there is no understating that. My officers took every precaution to safely resolve this situation, starting with over an hour long attempt at negotiations with the subject." Belmar continued, "The officers resorted to less lethal force to try and bring the incident to a safe conclusion with no loss of life, but this individual made the decision to refuse these attempts, and charge at officers with a deadly weapon."  The St. Louis County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit is conducting the investigation.

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