A police-involved shooting in St. Louis, Mo., that left one suspect dead Wednesday afternoon has led to ongoing protests in the streets and violent clashes with law enforcement.
Rob Edwards of KSDK News in St. Louis has the account of the shooting earlier today as issued by the police.
Police shot and killed a suspect in St. Louis on Wednesday, after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at officers.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said that two young men ran out of the back of a house when authorities arrived to execute a search warrant.
“Officers in the rear alley ordered them to stop and to drop the gun. As they ran, one of the individuals turned and pointed the gun at the officers. There were two officers in the alley. Both officers fired,” the chief told reporters.
The suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at officers was struck, and pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers recovered a total of four guns, including one inside the home, two that were tossed over a fence as the suspects were running, and the weapon that the suspect had, according to Dotson. They also recovered some amount of crack cocaine.
It didn’t take long for a crowd to form at the site of the shooting. [Language warning]
It looks like this is going to go on for quite a while.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson held a press conference just before 11 p.m. Eastern.
Let’s hope that’s the end of tonight’s “event.”
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets. Also, the excerpt was corrected to read “pointed a gun at” rather than “shot at.”