An African-American man was shot dead yesterday by St Louis police
officers after allegedly robbing a convenience store with a knife.
A large crowd gathered behind police tape as news of the fatal
shooting spread, raising their arms and chanting, ‘hands up, don’t
shoot’, a refrain which has become the war-cry for protesters on
the streets of nearby Ferguson following the cop killing of Michael
A St Louis police chief waded into the crowd on Tuesday to explain what had happened in an effort to calm tensions following the second police shooting in the city in ten days.
The suspect, 23, charged at officers waving the knife when he was
killed at 12.30pm, Police Chief Sam Dotson said.
There are now fears that the shooting could cause tensions to boil
over again tonight in Ferguson. On Monday 78 arrests were made,
the majority for people refusing to disperse when ordered by
Ferguson’s leaders urged residents on Tuesday to stay home after
dark to ‘allow peace to settle in’ where the fatal shooting of 18-
year-old Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters
Today’s shooting took place outside the Six Stars Market, four
miles from Ferguson which has been rocked by unrest over last
week’s cop shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.
No officers were injured in today’s incident. The suspect was
pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect stole two energy drinks, according to KMOV , left the
store but then returned to take a pastry.
The officers left their patrol car without their weapons drawn and
warned the man multiple times to drop the weapon, the police
However when the man charged at them with the knife raised and
was within three or four feet, they opened fire and killed him.
The officers who shot the man were placed on administrative duty
pending an investigation into the death.