SLMPD Officer Shoots, Kills Suspect During Foot Chase

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis Police officers, for the second time this week, shot a suspect during a pursuit — this time the suspect died.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says an officer shot and killed the suspect, a black male in his late 30’s, when he got out of his vehicle during a traffic stop and led the officer on a foot pursuit from Broadway and Gimblin shortly before 7:30 p.m.

“At that point the suspect begins to run up a very steep hill toward a residence,” Dotson told reporters during a Friday night news conference. “At that point, the suspect produces a gun and fires at least one shot. We know that one shot was fired, a shell casing was recovered along with the weapon that we recovered having what we call a ‘stovepipe malfunction.'”

That means the suspect only fired one shot before the gun was inoperable. Dotson says the officer fired several shots, at least one of them fatal. No officers were injured during the incident, the officer who fired the shots is on administrative leave during the investigation.

The man in the vehicle had two passengers, neither of whom were involved. The suspect, who’s not yet been identified, was wanted for parole violations and also had felony warrants.

Dotson says officers are canvassing the area looking for video of the shooting — the patrol car had a working dash cam that recorded the initial stop, but did not record the ensuing foot chase and shooting.

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