Man Shot Dead By Police Just Miles From Ferguson Unrest

Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 3:39 pm
By: News 9

A man has been shot and killed by police Tuesday afternoon in north St. Louis, reports CBS affiliate KMOV.

Authorities confirmed that police were involved in a shooting that left one man dead around 12:30 p.m., according to the station. Police said the man was a 23-year-old accused of stealing muffins and energy drinks from a local store.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said in a tweet that the suspect was brandishing a knife at the time of the shooting, according to KMOV. Witnesses said he was acting erratically.

Two officers at the scene reportedly asked the suspect to put down the weapon. Police said he yelled, "Shoot me now, shoot me now" before charging the officers with the knife, and was then fatally shot by two police officers.

A local alderman previously told CBS News that police said the victim was black.

An employee at a nearby market told the station that the incident took place outside the Six Stars Market along Riverview Blvd.

KMOV reports that no officers were injured in the shooting.

The fatal shooting occurred approximately four miles from the deadly officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown ten days ago in Ferguson, Mo.