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Armed St. Francois County Man Killed by SWAT Officer

Officers tried to serve a warrant when a man appeared with a rifle

January 09, 2019 - 8:10 am

LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an officer has shot and killed an armed man in eastern Missouri after he raised his weapon as SWAT team members executed a search warrant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened Tuesday morning at a home in the Leadwood area. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the warrant stems from an investigation of drugs and weapons offenses.

The SWAT team announced their arrival over a speaker system. After they got through the front door, they saw a man move toward the door holding a rifle. The patrol says the man didn't obey commands to drop the weapon and "began to raise it toward officers." That's when a SWAT team member shot the man. His name wasn't immediately released. Four people inside the home were detained.