Over a week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer (Aug. 9), another officer-involved shooting has taken place in St. Louis. A cop has shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to rob a convenience store and was carrying a knife, Fox2Now reports. The shooting took place just before 1pm on Tuesday (Aug. 19) at McLaran and Riverview outside of a market. The suspect reportedly refused to put down the weapon and tried to attack police before being shot and killed. The shooting didn't take place far from Ferguson, Missouri, where protests have been taking place over the course of several days.
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UPDATE: Authorities identified the suspect in the fatal shooting as 25-year-old Kajieme Powell on Tuesday night (Aug. 19), Huffington Post reports.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told KSDK that Powell exited the store, carrying two energy drinks. The store owner reportedly asked him to stop but let him exit. Powell returned inside the store with a box of pastries and began to walk back outside, at which point the owner confronted him, asking him to pay for the items. The owner called the police after Powell reportedly threw the pastries into the street.
Dotson says Powell walked toward police when they arrived on the scene, pulling out a knife. Officers in the patrol vehicle say that Powell yelled, "Shoot me now, kill me now." The officers asked him to drop the knife, to which he reportedly said that "he did not respond to verbal commands."
According to Dotson, Powell walked toward the officer seated in the patrol car. When he moved between three and four feet from the vehicle, holding the knife, both officers fired their weapons, striking him. Police are looking to see if any surveillance video exists of the incident.
Powell was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting occurred about four miles from Ferguson.