POLICE: Officer fatally shoots drug suspect who reached for gun

This is the second fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Louis this week, after Saturday's incident at the Galleria Mall where police say the man had his weapon raised before being shot by a Richmond Heights officer.

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September 05, 2019 - 7:39 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - Authorities say a St. Louis police officer shot and killed a drug suspect when he tried to get a gun from his pocket.

Officers approached the 28-year-old man early Thursday after spotting him in a parked car with several people around it in an area known for heavy drug activity, according to Police Chief John Hayden.

Related: Wesley Bell weighs whether police shooting was justified



Hayden says when officers noticed the man had marijuana on his lap, they tried to arrest him. Hayden says he resisted and police attempted unsuccessfully to subdue him with a stun gun before the fatal shooting. Police say one shot was fired, hitting the man in his chest. He died at a local hospital.

During the struggle, a 7-year-old girl got out of the car and ran to her mother who was nearby. She wasn't hurt.

Police recovered a fully loaded revolver. The dead man hasn't been identified.

This is the second fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Louis this week, after Saturday's incident at the Galleria Mall where police say Terry Tillman had his weapon raised before being shot by a Richmond Heights officer.

No decision yet from Wesley Bell, the reform prosecutor elected in St. Louis County, on whether that fatal police shooting near the Galleria was justified.

Bell has asked the public for patience while he carries out a thorough investigation.

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