Two St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife near Ferguson. Photo Courtesy: NBC News
NBCNews.com - Two St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife on Tuesday in a confrontation a few miles from the turbulent suburb of Ferguson, authorities said.
The man, 23, had taken energy drinks and a package of pastries from a nearby convenience store, Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters. He said that the man was “acting erratically, walking back and forth, up and down the street.”
The chief said that the officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife. The chief said the man answered: “Shoot me now. Kill me now.” He said the man moved toward one of the officers and came within 3 to 4 feet.
“One of the witnesses described it as a suicide by cop,” Dotson said.
Asked about tensions in the St. Louis area since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the chief said: “I think anyone who has been watching television over the last week has to be concerned. ... I think it's important people understand what happened.”
He said police were examining video and asking anyone else with video to come forward.
There was a heavy police presence at the scene, and police marked off the intersection with yellow tape. A crowd of more than 100 people gathered.