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St. Louis officer shoots, kills off-duty sheriff's deputy

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(KMOV) – A St. Louis city sheriff’s deputy is dead after being shot by a St. Louis police officer.
It happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 5700 block of Virginia in south St. Louis.
According to St. Louis police, two officers arrived at Virginia and Dover and saw Timothy Kern, 53, standing in the middle of the street yelling at another man. Police say Kern was very agitated.
Authorities say the men were causing traffic problems so the officers got out of their police cruisers to investigate.
When officers approached, they saw that Kern had a gun on his waist. They ordered Kern to show his hands, but instead police say he reached for his gun and turned toward the officers.
One of the officers fired at Kern. Authorities say the officer feared for his safety and the safety of his partner.
Kern was shot three times. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Kern worked as a deputy for the St. Louis city sheriff’s department. He was off-duty at the time of the shooting.
Captain Michael Sack, tells News 4 that Kern was drunk and distraught over a break-up.
The officer is a 16-year veteran and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

 

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