(KMOV) -- A police officer shot and killed a man in the 3900 block of Sherman in north St. Louis around 7:40 p.m. while conducting a narcotics investigation.
Authorities said two undercover officers with the Violent Offenders Unit witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction and then approached the suspect, 23-year-old Norman Bennett, at a house.
Police said the suspect then ran between two houses and slipped and fell. One of the officers chased him and tried to take the man into custody, but had a large group of people converge on them. In the commotion, the suspect got away.
The officer resumed chasing the suspect, who then tried to pull a gun from his waistband. The officer fired several shots, killing the suspect.
City alderman Antonio French said he has recieved conflicting reports on what happened. Some in the neighborhood said Bennett was unarmed, did not have any drugs and did not threaten police.
Three other people have been arrested for interfering with police. Two females who attacked police at the scene were taken to police headquarters. They have been released pending charges.
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