Police identify man shot, killed by officers near Soulard Mardi Gras


by Daniel Mueller / KMOV.com


Posted on February 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 4:59 AM

Shooting near Soulard Mardi Gras -- 9th and Barton

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Police officers working secondary security shot and killed an armed man near the Mardi Gras celebration in Soulard on Saturday afternoon.

Otis Roberson, 32 was shot near the intersection of 9th and Barton around 2:30 p.m.

Two secondary officers on a golf cart reportedly heard at least one gunshot, then located Roberson holding a gun near the entrance to an alley. Authorities say Roberson was ordered to drop his gun, but instead turned and pointed the weapon at the officers.

Both officers then fired several shots, according to police, and Roberson was struck by gunfire.

Roberson was transported to SLU hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police Chief Sam Dotson tweeted about the shooting: "There is nothing more volatile than mixing alcohol and guns. Please leave them at home if you are drinking."

Both officers were placed on three days of administrative leave, which is standard procedure for the department.

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