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Police ID man fatally shot by St. Louis officer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have identified the man fatally shot by an officer.

Police identified the man on Friday as 26-year-old Rodnell Cotton, 26, of St. Louis. He was shot just before noon Thursday after allegedly shooting an officer in the thigh. Another officer returned fire, killing Cotton.

Police Chief John Hayden said the U.S. Marshals Service had asked police to help capture the man, who was being sought on a federal weapons charge and was also wanted on a parole violation related to a homicide. He was on parole for voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Officers converged on Cotton’s car about a block from Powell Symphony Hall, and he ran. Police say Cotton turned and fired a gun, striking an officer, 37, in the right thigh. The officer remained hospitalized in critical condition.

A 43-year-old officer fired the shot that struck Cotton. Hayden didn’t know whether the officer who was struck had also shot at the man.

June Heath

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