Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis

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(KTVI) - One person is dead following officer-involved shooting in north St. Louis.

This all happened about noon Wednesday when detectives assigned to the city's special operations were advised by dispatch that Metro Air Support was following a vehicle that was wanted on a felony charge of fleeing in St. Louis County.

The special ops detectives then began to move into north St. Louis.

They were able to catch up with the vehicle and with the help of Metro Air they were able to stage an area at West Florissant and Calvary where they set up spike strips.

They were able to stop the vehicle in the 5300 block of Union.

The suspect then jumped from the car with a gun in his hand and took off down an alley with two police officers right behind him.

They chased him about a block and a half down the alley when the suspect turned a corner around a privacy fence. And the officers lost sight of him.

“Knowing that he already had a handgun the officers had their weapons out. As they turned the corner they saw the suspect had stopped running, was facing them and had his pistol pointed in their direction.  The officers fearing for their safety fired a number of shots at the suspect,” said Captain Michael Sack.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. The suspect has been identified as Stephon Averyhart, 27-year old black male of the 5400 block of Ruskin.

Police have not said how many times he was shot. Neither officer was injured.

Captain Sack says Metro Air Support has become a very valuable tool for the department because it allows them to covertly follow vehicles without putting the officers or public in danger.

7 comments

  • Katrina Harris

    This was somebody son, while you are making comments and don’t know anything about the situation. This was my friend and I can’t imagine him pointing a gun at the police , but I don’t know the situation so I can’t speak on that. We txted yesterday evening and I don’t know what all happened after the fact. I knew him every since middle school and he was a true friend that was by my side all through my struggle with breast cancer , for every treatment and surgery. And let me know that I was beautiful with or without hair and breast. Stephon You will truly be missed. My heart is hurting so bad right now. Rest in peace . Gone waaaayyyy too soon.

  • Daija Averyheart

    THAT WAS MY COUSIN! While you out here giving these police officers praise, how can you believe everything the media is telling you! I can’t even believe this madness!

  • Steven Sweeney

    I know all I need to know..Stealing a car, running from cops, endangering people in high speed pursuit, and pointing a gun..All those police, witnesses, chopper, and medics got it all wrong I guess..laughable if not so sad..Save your rage for the criminals..

  • alisha williams

    I dont find nothing good or amusing about this, this is my friend this is happening alot to young black males getting shot when shots were never fired back…second person I know that got killed by the police somebody always got something ignorant to say I know his family is hurt by this Stephon you in your family are in my prayers

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