Footage, More Details Released on North St. Louis Officer-Involved Shooting
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis police on Wednesday released more details about a fatal officer-involved shooting on Riverview that happened at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police chief Sam Dotson says officers were called after a man, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, walked into a convenience store, took two energy drinks, exited the store, and then walked back in and took a package of pastries, walking out without paying, again.
Cell phone video shows the two officers arriving and confronting the man, Dotson says. The cell phone footage also captured the shooting (please be advised video is not safe for work and does contain graphic language and the fatal shooting of a man).
“The police officers exiting that vehicle, and immediately, the suspect starts to walk towards the police officers,” he says. “The difference between what I said yesterday and what we’ve seen on the video is the suspect has the knife in his hand – yesterday I said it was in an overhand motion … it’s down … towards the officer.”
Dotson says the man then approached the vehicle while saying, “Shoot me now! Kill me now!” As he got closer to the officers, each one fired six shots, and the man was killed.
A taser wasn’t used, Dotson says, because Powell was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and the taser must make contact with skin.
The two officers are on administrative leave, he says. There is a criminal and internal affairs investigation currently underway.
The shooting took place just a few miles north of Ferguson, Mo., which has been in a state of unrest since the officer shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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