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5-year-old in vehicle during fatal officer-involved shooting in Wellston, police say

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WELLSTON (KMOV) -- The man who was shot during an officer-involved shooting in Wellston on Saturday has died, St. Louis County Police said.

Thomas Allen, Jr., 34, of the 2900 block of Wyoming, passed away from his injuries early Sunday.

Allen was a rear passenger in a vehicle with two other men and a 5-year-old girl when an officer pulled the vehicle over for failing to signal and making an improper left turn. The 5-year-old girl is the daughter of the original driver of the car.

The driver said he did not know Allen, but was giving him a ride to work, along with the other passenger, whom he did know.

While the Wellston Police Officer was talking to the vehicle's driver, he saw Allen make movements that appeared he was reaching for a gun, police say. The officer asked Allen to exit the vehicle while he searched the backseat and Allen for a weapon. No weapons were found during the search, according to police. The officer then allowed Allen to re-enter the vehicle.

When a second officer arrived at the scene, they noticed Allen climbing over the driver's seat and getting behind the steering wheel. The Wellston Officer who performed the search of Allen attempted to stop him from driving away from the scene by entering the car through an open passenger door, according to police.

Allen, the officer and the 5-year-old girl were inside the vehicle as it rapidly accelerated up the roadway.

According to police, the officer physically tried the stop the suspect while the vehicle drove up Morton. When the vehicle turned onto Chatham, the officer fired three times at the driver, citing a fear for his life and the life of the girl in the backseat.

After the shots were fired, the vehicle left the roadway, crossed an empty lot and stopped against the foundation of a home on Chatham.

Allen was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but later died of his injuries.

The officer who fired the shots was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The officer was treated and released for minor injuries to his leg.

A small group of protesters showed up at the Wellston Police station Sunday evening looking for answers from police, but no other information was provided concerning the incident.

The name of the police officer involved has not been released.

The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the St. Louis County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit.

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