Man identified in south city officer involved shooting

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Another deadly officer-involved shooting took place in Tuesday afternoon in south St. Louis. The shooting happened around 4p.m. in the Dutchtown Neighborhood. Police say it’s the same neighborhood they’ve had already targeted for hot spot policing starting next week.

The man has been identified as 23-year-old LeDarius Williams.

Williams was shot to death in a gangway near Minnesota Avenue at Meramec. Police say officers patrolling the area around 3:30p.m. spotted Williams. The officers knew him and they say that he was acting suspiciously. Seconds later, they say he was started running. The officers chased him on foot and caught him in the gangway. That`s when they say there was a struggle. The officer also say Williams possessed a 45 caliber gun.

During the struggle, one of the officers fired four shots killing Williams. This was the second time Williams has been shot by police. Back in 2009 he was shot in the leg after police say he pointed a gun at an officer. He spent nearly five years in prison for incident.

The force investigative unit is looking into the shooting. It`s the independent unit that was formed after the unrest in Ferguson.

The officer who opened fire has about two years of experience on the force.