ST. LOUIS – Two police officers shot and killed a man in his 50s who pointed a gun at them Monday evening in north St. Louis, according to authorities.
The uniformed officers were in a patrol car when they noticed an armed man near the intersection of Riverview Boulevard and McLaran Avenue at about 5:45 p.m., St. Louis Police Chief John W. Hayden said.
The officers confronted the man, who refused to drop the weapon and instead pointed it at the officers. Both officers fired shots, striking him. They attempted to perform CPR. The armed man was eventually taken to the hospital where he later died.
Hayden said both officers are 27 years old. Neither was hurt during the incident. One of them has been on the force for four years, while the other has been at the department for a year and a half. They were working overtime and in full uniform at the time of the shooting. Police recovered the suspect’s gun at the scene.
A police spokesperson on Tuesday said the suspect had been wanted for a prior incident of flourishing a firearm on March 27.
Some nearby residents questioned police for initiating contact with the subject and wondered if the shooting could have been avoided.
“In this day of hostile actions towards police, and the interactions of the community towards the police, something has to change, and it has to start with the people who are here to serve and protect, said St. Louis resident William Robinson. He called Monday’s shooting, “a tragedy all around.”
Hayden said he believed the officers were wearing body cameras but did not say when the video would be released.
The police department’s Force Investigation Unit is handling the investigation.
The site of Monday’s shooting is also where police fatally wounded another man. Kajieme Powell was armed with a knife when he was shot and killed in 2014.