ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A 23-year-old man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis.

It happened around 1 p.m. at Riverview and McClaren.

According to St. Louis Police, the man walked into a convenience store, stole merchandise and when police arrived, he pulled out a knife.

Police say the man who was shot was acting erratically and would not respond to the officers’  commands to back up and put the knife down.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the man said, “Shoot me now! kill me now!”

He was shot by two officers after he came within 3 to 4 feet of them, holding the knife.

“Every police officer out here has the right to defend themselves,” Dotson said.

The police chief also told KMOX that given the volatile climate, he immediately tried to defuse the situation.

“About a group of 120 people gathered, and I walked into the crowd and said ‘I told the media the story, but I wanted you to hear it from me.'” Dotson explained.

The two officers are now on administrative leave.

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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