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Chief Defends Decision to ask the FBI to Investigate Police Shooting

25-year-old Cary Ball Junior who was shot by officers near the Edward Jones Dome in April
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Police Chief Sam Dotson

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson explained to KMOX News why he went to the feds to investigate a police shooting case that had already been cleared by an internal investigation.

It’s the case of 25-year-old Cary Ball Junior who was shot by officers near the Edward Jones Dome in April.

“There is no disputing of the facts. The individual ran from the police, he was armed with a gun and so I support the officers.  But I want to make sure that we have the FBI, which has a long history of doing investigations, look at it and see if there is anything that we missed,” said Dotson.

Chief Dotson’s decision to bring in the FBI riled the Police Officer’s Association.

The chief said he understands the association’s position but adds he is held accountable to the department and the community.

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