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St. Louis police kill man suspected of having marijuana

Early Thursday morning, a St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man suspected of possessing marijuana when, they say, he tried to get a gun from his pocket.

Police Chief John Hayden says that officers approached the man in the 4400 block of Garfield Avenue early Thursday after spotting him in a parked car. When officers noticed the man had marijuana on his lap, they tried to arrest him. Hayden says he resisted and police attempted unsuccessfully to subdue him with a stun gun before the fatal shooting.

During the struggle, a 7-year-old girl got out of the car and ran to her mother who was nearby. She wasn’t hurt.

Police say they recovered a revolver, which, unless the suspect is a convicted felon, is legal in Missouri. The man whom police killed has not been identified, and it is not yet known if he was carrying the gun illegally.

This story is developing. We will have more details soon.

Staff

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