ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 4:50 p.m.) St. Louis’ acting police chief says his officers acted in a “heroic” manner when faced with a suspect firing at them with an assault rifle.
Lawrence O’Toole says eight SWAT team members were attempting to serve a state-level arrest warrant to Isaiah Hammett when the 21-year-old opened fire.
During a Wednesday afternoon news conference at police headquarters, the chief showed the weapon he says Hammett used.
“Our officers frequently encounter high-powered assault rifles. [It’s] an extremely dangerous business. Our SWAT officers today did a fantastic job — under fire. Very heroic,” O’Toole said.
Hammett died during the fire fight. No officers were injured.
O’Toole says it appears a surveillance camera tipped off Hammett, giving him time to prepare.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
A 21-year-old man shot by police at a home on South Kingshighway in St. Louis has died.
Gunshots were fired at police officers in the 5400 block of South Kingshighway Boulevard in south city about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday.
Members of the SWAT team were executing a search warrant, and upon gaining entry, multiple gunshots were fired at officers.
Officers returned fire, striking the suspect.
No officers were injured.
Police are expected to release more information later this afternoon.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.