Police shoot and kill Florissant man armed with knife inside home

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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A man was shot and killed inside his home by officers after they say he charged at them with a knife.

According to Officer Steve Michael, a spokesperson for the Florissant Police Department, police received a call at around noon Thursday from 25-year-old Elijah Smith. He told a dispatcher that he’d just killed several family members and “just wants to die by an officer.”

The call came from a home in the 1400 block of Bay Meadows Drive near Waterford.

During the call, the dispatcher asked for more information from Smith. He stated that he really did not kill anyone and, “is hearing voices and is locked in the basement.”

Smith’s mother met the responding officers and told them Smith had chased her through the house with a knife. Smith’s grandmother and uncle both exited the home after officers arrived. His mother told authorities that her son was in the basement.

Police said officers loudly announced their presence when they entered the home. They did not receive any response from Smith. They found Smith in the basement, armed with a large hunting-style knife.

Police told Smith to put the knife down. They shot less lethal-force weapons after he started charging officers. Bean bag rounds and tasers were not enough to stop him. Smith continued to run at officers with a knife in his hand. Two officers fired a total of 9 shots, Michael said.

Florissant police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting. One officer is a 9-year police veteran; the other is an 11-year police veteran. They have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.

A distraught woman who answered the door at the home had no comment.