A 23-year-old Black man was shot and killed by police in North St. Louis Tuesday (Aug. 19) in the midst of more protests near the area. The man was gunned down roughly four miles from the city of Ferguson, although the deceased has not been linked to the continued unrest.
Authorities say that the man tried to rob a convenience store and was brandishing a knife. He yelled “shoot me! kill me now!” at cops. It is not clear if he suffered any kind of mental disability.
The man, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead on the scene. No officers were injured in the incident.
Cops say the man was acting “erratically.” They did not have their weapons drawn when the man approached until he came within 3 to 4 feet, at which point two officers opened fire.
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