Man killed by police in St. Louis, just miles from Ferguson

Aug 19, 2014

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A large crowd has gathered at the site where St. Louis police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man today after a reported convenience store robbery.

The shooting today happened just a few miles from Ferguson, where a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, has touched off more than a week of protests.

St. Louis Police Capt. Ed Kuntz says police responded today after a report of a robbery at the store. Kuntz says the suspect had a knife and refused to drop the weapon.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the man was acting erratically and told responding officers to "shoot me now, kill me now." Kuntz says officers opened fire when the man raised the knife and moved toward them. Kuntz says the suspect was black.

UPDATE 8/21:  

St. Louis police say they've identified the 25-year-old black man shot to death as Kajieme Powell. Powell died at the scene of Tuesday's shooting by two police officers.