St. Louis police shot and killed a knife-wielding robbery suspect Tuesday afternoon near the center of the Ferguson riot scene causing crowds to flood the area.
The 23-year-old man allegedly stole two energy drinks from the Six Star Market convenience in North St. Louis, not far from Florissant Avenue where most of the past week’s violence has taken place, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Dotson said the man re-entered the convenience store to grab a pastry after stealing the drinks when the store owner of the store caught him and followed him out, according to local station KMOV. Police were dispatched to the area after the man pulled a knife on the owner and began acting erratically, according to the report.
Dotson said officers repeatedly ordered the man, who was described as black, to put down the weapon. He refused to do so before coming toward the officers yelling “shoot me now,” and lunging with the knife.
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) August 19, 2014
When asked by reporters whether the shooting was justified, Dotson said officers have a right to defend themselves. No officers were injured in the incident.
Dotson addresses the masses of people congregating to the scene shown in this vine video captured by local resident Antonio French:
Police Chief Dotson gives the community an update on the situation. https://t.co/fr95OJhEJm
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 19, 2014
Check out the KMOV report here.
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