Police ID knife-wielding man killed after being shot by police at Overland park



Posted on December 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 12:55 PM

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OVERLAND, Mo. (KMOV) – Police have identified a 68-year-old man who died an officer-involved shooting at Norman A Myers Park in Overland on Monday, December 12.

The man has been identified as Jerry Mann.

Investigators say the man had three knives and was threatening an officer with one of them when the officer shot him.

The officer was not hurt.  Chief Michael Laws says police were responding to a call about a man, armed with a large hunting knife, in the park.

The officer approached the man and there was an altercation, said Laws.

The officer fired his weapon.  Its not clear how many shots the  officer fired or if the man was hit multiple times.

The shooting happened on a walking trail in the park that runs parallel to Midland Blvd.

Chief Laws says St Louis County Police will help with the investigation into the shooting.  The officer will be placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.  That is standard practice when an officer is involved in a shooting.

The officer was hired a few months ago, but has "several" years of experience in police work in other departments - according to Laws.