Police Shoot, Kill Man Armed With Knife and Bible

Brian Kelly @brpkelly

JENNINGS, MO. (KMOX) – St. Louis County Police officers shot and killed a man in Jennings early Saturday morning, after he came at them with a knife. Chief Jon Belmar says Thaddeus McCarroll’s mother called police to her home in the 9200 block of Riverwood Drive at about 9:20 Friday night, to have her 23-year-old son removed. Police say she told officers on scene that her son had locked her out of the house and was armed with a knife. She said McCarroll 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.

After efforts to talk to McCarroll failed, the Tactical Operations Unit was called to the home. A negotiator was able to talk with him, but after about an hour of negotiations McCarroll came out of the home carrying a knife in one hand and a bible in the other.

Police say that after efforts to have McCarroll surrender failed, he started walking towards officers. Belmar says an officer fired a rubber bullet at McCarroll, at which time he dropped the Bible, and charged the officers at full run.

Police release body camera video of shooting. Watch it below:

Belmar says, “He charged at the officers…Within about, perhaps a car length, no more than that, they engaged the suspect, who was armed at the time, with gunfire. There was about a second-and-a-half to two-seconds of gunfire by two different officers. Several shots, they shot this individual until he stopped. That was a very short time frame.

McCarroll died at the scene.

Belmar says it’s not the first incident police have had with McCarroll. He says he was involved in a similar incident last summer.

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