Police shoot and kill armed suspect in north St. Louis


ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A police officer has shot and killed an armed suspect in north St. Louis Friday night. The shooting happened in the 900 block of Harlan in the Baden neighborhood.

St. Louis City Police Chief Dotson tells reporters that police attempted to pulled over a Nissan Altima with out of state plates for a traffic violation.  They  followed the vehicle on north Broadway until it turned onto Harlan Ave.

Dotson says the vehicle stopped in the middle of the street.  Police arrested two passengers from the vehicle.  The driver of the Altima ran from the scene.

Police say the driver ran a few blocks and then shot at officers. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect.

The suspect killed at the scene is described as a black male born in 1978.  He is a convicted felon wanted on a parole violation.  Police found his handgun at the scene.  They say the weapon had a stovepipe malfunction.

Police say that no officers were injured in this incident.  They say that dashcam video captured the arrests but not the shooting.  The shooting happened away from police vehicles.

Officers are interviewing the suspects arrested at the scene about the incident.  The officer who shot the suspect has been placed on administrative leave.  This is a common practice after officer involved shootings.

This shooting is still under investigation.

This is a Periscope recording of the police press conference.