Wesley Bells asks for 'patience' in investigation of fatal officer-involved shooting at Galleria

"We are receiving constant updates; and I am confident that everything that needs to be done is being done."

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September 03, 2019 - 2:20 pm

(Wesley Bell)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell released a statement about the fatal shooting of a man by a Richmond Heights police officer at the Galleria mall, Saturday. 

Police on Sunday identified the man who was killed as 23-year-old Terry Tillman of St. Louis. St. Louis County police say a Richmond Heights officer saw Tillman inside the mall carrying a gun. Concealed carry is legal in Missouri, but weapons are prohibited inside the mall.

Police say the officer told the man of the mall’s policy and the man ran. The officer chased him to a parking garage, where the man was shot.

Police say a weapon was recovered.

Bell released this statement, asking for patience as the investigation continues: 

“I want to share an update, directly with the community, on the officer-involved-shooting of Terry Tillman that happened near the Galleria mall this past Saturday. In tragic cases like these, it is important to understand that the need to inform the public has to be balanced with ensuring the integrity of the investigation. Members of my team and I were at the scene Saturday afternoon and continue to monitor the investigation. We are receiving constant updates; and I am confident that everything that needs to be done is being done.

I am fully aware of how sensitive this issue is and I want to assure all residents a thorough and detailed investigation is being conducted. I ask for patience as this process unfolds and I will update the community as more information becomes available.” 

St. Louis County Police are looking for witnesses who can tell them what led up to the shooting. 

A couple dozen protesters descended on the Galleria, Monday. 

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