ROCK HILL, MO (KTVI) - An officer-involved shooting has left one man is dead in Rock Hill. It happened around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.
According to St. Louis County Police, the man gunned down by an officer was a suspect in a Rock Hill home invasion that happened about a week ago. We’re told guns and a vehicle were stolen from the home. Now residents of this quiet neighborhood are reeling.
Rock Hill resident Tyrone Stevenson was at home when he heard arguing, then a gunshot, coming from the Conoco gas station down the street. “It all happened fast,” he says.
Stevenson was shocked when he heard it was a former gas station employee lying under the yellow tarp: “This is the gas station everybody goes to, hangs out at, everybody knows him and stuff.”
According to St. Louis County police spokesman Randy Vaughn, officers had been tracking the suspect, and finally caught up with him at the Conoco. He was sitting in the passenger seat of a white car when a Rock Hill police officer approached him with a shotgun.
Vaughn explains, “He advised the suspect to pull his hands out. When the suspect did pull his hands out, he pulled out a weapon.”
That's when police say the officer fired one fatal shot. For friends, it's a tough pill to swallow, no matter the circumstance. Jason Thompson says, “I never knew him to be like this, you know what I'm saying? Never. Especially at the place he used to work at. It's weird, shocking."
The car in which the deceased suspect was riding had the name of a nearby cleaning service written on the back. Neighbors say an employee of the cleaning service was driving the vehicle, but the relationship between the two men is still unclear.