Officer involved shooting sparks protests in south St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- An officer involved shooting sparked unrest overnight in south St. Louis. The shooting occurred around 7:30p.m. Wednesday night on Shaw Boulevard.

The officer was patrolling an area of the Shaw Neighborhood when this incident unfolded.

St. Louis City Chief of Police Sam Dotson says, the officer who shot the 18-year-old was in his department uniform but working a secondary job for a private security firm.

Dotson says while working security, the officers` attention was drawn to three African American males near Shaw and Klemm. When the officer turned around in his car to approach the group, the young men started to run. The officer decided to follow the group in his car.

After exiting his vehicle, he ran after a suspect through a gangway.

That`s when the three suspects came together again.

According to the chief, one suspect approached the officer in an aggressive manner. The officer told him to stop and surrender but the suspect kept coming at the officer. The two began to fight.

The suspect`s hooded sweatshirt came off and he started running up a hill. At that point, the officer noticed the 18-year-old with a 9 millimeter handgun.

Dotson says the suspect turned around and fired shots at the officer.

The officer fired back, shooting and killing the suspect.