Greg Branson

story updated: 1/19/13 at 3:45pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Police say the man who was shot to death by an officer in a north St. Louis White Castle, early Saturday, was carrying a replica gun.

He’s been identified as 21-year-old Thomas Donovan of St. Louis.

Investigators say Donovan may be the same man who had previously robbed the restaurant at Kingshighway and Natural Bridge. He walked in just before four this morning and displayed the weapon as he walked up to the counter.

Police say Donovan refused orders from two security officers to drop the weapon…so one of the officers…a 48-year-old 21-year police force veteran shot him in the abdomen.

Donovan died at a hospital.

The officer’s on administrative leave, as is routine in such cases.

our previous story

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One person is dead after an officer involved shooting Saturday morning in north St. Louis.

The shooting happened around four a-m, when a man, armed with what appeared to be a weapon, walked into the White Castle at Kingshighway and Natural Bridge. An officer working security ordered him to drop the weapon, then shot him when he refused.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he died. The weapon turned out to be a toy gun.


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