UPDATE: February 23, 2017 – St. Louis police have identified a man who was shot and killed as officers tried to serve him a warrant Tuesday night.
63-year-old Don Clark reportedly fired on the officers after they used a battering ram to knock open the door of a home in the 4-thousand block of California.
One of the officers shot back striking Clark, who later died.
The 40-year-old officer with nearly 12 years of service has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
Police say they recovered drugs, two firearms and a lot of ammunition from a series of arrests in that same block after conducting a 6-month-long undercover investigation.
Previous reporting as follows:
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Police shot and killed a man while trying to serve a search warrant for guns and drugs.
The shooting happened just before 9:00 p.m. at California and Osage in the Dutchtown neighborhood. Police Chief Sam Dotson says the suspect wouldn’t open the door when asked, so they used a battering ram.
“The officer’s then tossed a diversionary device, a flash bang, into the residence and a second shot was fired at the officers,” Dotson says. “At that point one officer from our special operations team (SWAT) fired, striking the individual.”
Dotson says there was a six-month investigation on that block prior to receiving the warrant. The 63-year-old suspect was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead.
The officer was not injured.
Details will be provided as they are received.
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