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St. Louis Officers Shoot, KIll Knife-Wielding Man, Crowd Yells "Ferguson" Chants

August 19, 2014  | 

St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a man they say brandished a knife at them outside a market Tuesday afternoon. The shooting was about 12:30 p.m., police said.

Witnesses said the man who was shot had been inside Six Stars Market at Riverview Boulevard near McLaran Avenue. He took items from the market and left, followed by a market employee, witnesses told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

When the market employee told the man he would have to pay for the items, the man started throwing the items on the street and sidewalk. St. Louis Alderman Dionne Flowers, who works at a nearby beauty shop, witnessed the encounter, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. She described the man as acting erratically and grabbing at his waistband, Dotson said.

"The store owner and the alderwoman said the suspect was armed with a knife, acting erratically, pacing back and forth in the street, talking to himself," said Dotson, who spoke at the scene.

Employees at the market and the beauty shop called 911 and two police officers arrived, police said.

The officers ordered the man to get down, according to Dotson. The man, 23, became more agitated and walked toward them, reaching for his waistband. Witnesses told police the man was yelling, "Shoot me, kill me now!" during the encounter.

The officers drew their weapons and ordered the man to stop. He did stop, but then pulled out a knife and came at the officers with it held up high, Dotson said. They ordered him to stop and drop the knife. When he got within two or three feet of the officers, they fired, killing the man.

A crowd of about 150 gathered at the scene of the shooting in the moments after the incident, many of whom expressed anger that cops had not used other means of restraint, ABC news reports.

"You don’t need to shoot if you’ve got a Taser and he's got a knife," one bystander said.

"You just kill, kill, kill because you got a gun," another said. "They could've tased him. He was by himself."

"They’re trying to shoot us down," a third onlooker said.

Many in the crowd began chanting "Hands up, don't shoot," and "No justice, no peace," the chants that have been a hallmark of the protests in Ferguson over the past 10 days.

Comments (10)

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Doc @ 8/19/2014 4:30 PM

This goes to show how ignorant the public is about what a weapon can do to you and the speed at which it can be done. My personal opinion? JUSTIFED. My sympathies are with the officers and department.

Chuck @ 8/19/2014 4:31 PM

.It appears to be a clean shoot. Good job guys. You took care of the threat, and SECONDLY you went home to your family's. I hope you civilians understand that.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/19/2014 6:47 PM

@ Doc, most of the general public is not ignorant and that includes all races. The only ignorant ones are these black militants that don't have the brains they were born with and they make the decent black people look bad. They are a small minority and I say we take up a collection and send them back to Africa as long as they take Jackson and Sharpton with them.

Ken @ 8/19/2014 7:21 PM

Don't bring a knife to a gun fight you will loose. Sounds to me that they gave him every possible chance. I am sure the Fergusion incident was on their mind because they had ket him get within 2-3 feet of themselves before they shot him.

Nightstalker @ 8/19/2014 8:27 PM

Hey Chuck- You are a DISGRACE to Law-Enforcement and all the good cops out there to what you said, Being a cop its working with the public and not about being a tough guy and PUNK and for cops like you its a Disgrace for all good cops to be working alongside Punks like you and YES i called you a PUNK-ASS.

Chuck @ 8/19/2014 8:42 PM

Why am I a punk ? Because I see it like it is? I don't sugar coat shit like some A**holes. I do work with the public, and I work well with them. I treat people how I want to be treated. Im also realistic too

jay @ 8/19/2014 10:59 PM

Civilians need to become more educated with regards to Law Enforcement, that includes Sharpton and Jackson. Ignorance and not race is the problem. As a Black male LEO I am always confronted by friends and loved ones as to the most recent controversial events from NYC to Ferguson.

Sometimes I find myself torn between my brother's and my brotha's if you feel me! I knew coming into this profession I would lose friends and at the same time I would gain. I will continue to rely on my training and ability to communicate with everyone from the hood to the suburbs. I consider myself bilingual as all good cops should be.

I will continue to support my brother's like chuck and not allow for biased media comments and slander statments towards the badge. However, I will also continue to support my brotha's from racial overtones brought to you by Capt. Crunch.

In conclusion, be patient and allow the process to play out in both NYC and Ferguson. Right now the world is hearing from the media. Let's keep it real!! " I wasn't there, were you". True Blue and Down with Brown, peace.

Tom Ret @ 8/20/2014 10:04 AM

The 21 foot rule for officers facing suspects armed with a knife is there for a reason. I believe this shooting was within a few feet. If you want a short career and probably a short life go with what the crowd is calling for. They are more than happy for an officer to take one in the gut for the cause. If it is possible to use less than lethal force then great, but should never be the requirement prior to using lethal force when faced with lethal force. Screw what the crowd thinks.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/20/2014 8:56 PM

@ Gee jay, why do you have friends that don't like the police? Please point out the racial tones to me so I can defend myself. There are militant blacks and there are decent African American people. There is no need in this country for black militants and that's a fact they are a bankrupt society. What would happen if everybody rioted when a person of their race was shot or arrested. I also would like to hear a comment from you when this investigation is over.

krisnlc @ 8/25/2014 12:45 PM

Hey Capt.Crunch, your racial overtones came when you said "send them back to Africa". that was a stupid comment in what started to be a sensible commentary. Africa is no longer their home is here the U.S.A. those people have probably been here almost as long as your ancestors (unless you are native american). So, that was your stupid racially toned comment, in an otherwise sensible commentary. Jay seems to be the most well rounded commenter in this whole bunch so far.

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