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Fatal Police Shooting Near Ferguson Rattles the Public

The shooting of a 23-year-old black man appears to be unrelated to the fallout from Michael Brown’s death. But pressure on police in the area is only mounting.

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Police line up during a protest of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside Ferguson Police Department headquarters Aug. 11 in Ferguson, Mo.

Police shot and killed an armed man in north St. Louis on Tuesday, further rattling a general public already on edge.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said in a Tuesday press conference that police shot and killed a 23-year-old black man after he reportedly approached two officers with a knife. According to police, the man had previously entered a store with knife in hand and engaged in an argument with the store owner.

 

When police arrived on the scene, Dotson said, the man was acting "erratically" and shouted, "Shoot me, kill me now," an account corroborated by witnesses. The officers reportedly asked the man to drop the knife, but he allegedly did not respond. The chief could not say how many shots were fired by the officers, who have been placed on administrative leave. The knife has been recovered by police.

Police: Victim Told Officers To 'Kill Me Now'
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson responded to reporter questions Tuesday following an officer-involved shooting near Ferguson, Mo. (NBC News)

Tweets and video footage from the scene show spectators gathering near the scene of the shooting, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!" as protesters have done in Ferguson.

 

 

"It's gonna break out here the same way it did in Ferguson," an unnamed St. Louis native told Vice's Justin Glawe, who is on site. NBC News reports that over 100 people gathered at the scene.

The shooting appears to be unrelated to the protests in Ferguson sparked by the police-shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. But all eyes have been on law enforcement in the region since that day, and St. Louis police know it.

 

"If someone approaches you within three feet with a knife, I think you have a right to protect yourself," Dotson said. "I think we can all understand what is going on in Ferguson, but I think every police officer that's out here has the right to defend themselves and the community."

Dotson said police will review surveillance footage from the store if it is available. He suggested that his department will not be slow to release information about the shooting. In the days following Brown's death, Ferguson's police department was criticized for its silence on what happened.

"It's important for people to understand what happened," Dotson said. "We're going to get that message out as quickly as we can."

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The shooting Tuesday took place about 2.6 miles from Ferguson, following a direct line from the QuikTrip to the intersection of Riverview Boulevard and McClaran Avenue in St. Louis city. You can see that exact distance here:

Stephanie Stamm contributed to this article.

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