Suspect shot, killed after reaching for officer's gun during traffic stop

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 10:30 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday after a routine traffic stop turned violent Thursday evening.

According to authorities, officers received a call about a suspicious vehicle along the flood wall on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard around 6 p.m.

An officer responded and ran a check on the vehicle and the driver was found to have several outstanding warrants. The officer eventually pulled the car over on Leonor K. Sullivan near Biddle Street.

The officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver to step out. The officer said the driver was reluctant.

As the vehicle door opened, the driver reached for the officer's gun.

Fearing for his safely, the officer fired one shot, striking the suspect in the chest.

The suspect was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The suspect is only described as a white male in his early 30s.

"Trying to take the officer's weapon it's a very dangerous situation," said St. Louis Police Capt. Michael Sack, "When someone goes from an officer's weapon, it immediately escalates into a lethal force encounter."

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the officer acted in self-defense. The officer is 28-years-old and has been on the force for two years.

Per procedure,the officer involved is in administrative leave pending a full investigation of the incident.

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