Man, 63, killed in south St. Louis officer-involved shooting

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The City of St. Louis police department is investigating an officer involved shooting in south city off of California and Osage.

According to Police Chief Sam Dotson, after a six-month long drug investigation, S.W.A.T officers were serving three warrants on three different addresses in the same block. When officers approached the third house, they announced who they were and that they were serving a warrant.

When no one answered, officers forced the door open with a battering ram.

One suspect, a 63-year-old man, fired a shot. Officers released a flash bang before the suspect fired another shot. At that point, one officer, a 40-year-old, 12-year service veteran, fired one shot back.

No officers were hurt.

The man whose name was not being released immediately, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Dotson wouldn't say how many officers were involved in the investigation.

The other warrants led to the arrest of eight people.

Officials say illegal drugs, two firearms and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered as a result of the search warrants.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.