Man Shot Dead by St. Louis Police After Allegedly Robbing Friend


A St. Louis police officer killed a robbery and shooting suspect late Monday night, police say. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR / PAUL SABLEMAN.
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  • A St. Louis police officer killed a robbery and shooting suspect late Monday night, police say.

A St. Louis police officer fatally shot a man who had just shot and robbed a friend in south city, police say.

It happened about 11:30 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Walsh Street in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Two officers — a 40-year-old veteran with thirteen years on the force and a 22-year-old rookie — responded to the apartment complex for an unrelated "disturbance" call.

Police say the officers heard what they thought was muffled gunfire and went to investigate. An 18-year-old man armed with two pistols walked out the front door. The officers ordered the man to drop the guns, but he refused and pointed the handguns at the officers, police say.

The 40-year-old officer fired once, killing the man, police say. Police have not released the name of the man or the officer.

A 52-year-old friend of the man later told investigators they had been hanging out drinking that night when the man pulled a gun and ordered the friend to give him his pistol. A struggle followed, and the eighteen-year-old shot the older friend in the leg before fleeing the apartment with both guns.

According to police, the friend told investigators he was still inside the apartment and heard someone shout "stop" and then a single gunshot. He only realized police were there when he went outside.

The 52-year-old was transported to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

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