St. Louis (KMOV.com) – A robbery suspect is dead, a St. Louis police officer on administrative leave following an early morning incident in the heart of downtown St. Louis.
It happened around 1 a.m. near the intersection of Chestnut and 15th Streets.
Police say that plain clothes officers, wearing their police jackets, came upon an apparent robbery in progress. Authorities say that two victims were on lying on the ground with five people standing over them.
As the officers approached, the suspects got into a nearby car and then, according to police, drove toward the officers.
Investigators say the officers ordered the car to stop, which it did and the suspects got out of the car. Officers say that is when one of the suspects pulled a gun. The manwas ordered to drop the weapon, and when he refused, one of the officers shot the suspect in the head killing him.
The four other suspects were taken into custody; the robbery victims were treated and released for minor injuries.
Warrants were issued for Albert Smith, 27, Charles Dawson, 19, David Fayne, 25 and Anthony Jackson, 24, for two counts of 1st Degree Robbery, three counts of Armed Criminal Action and one count of 2nd Degree Murder for the death of the fifth suspect.
The suspect that was killed has been identified as Renardo Brownlee, 18.
Authorities say that the officer that fired the deadly shot is 30 years old and a five year veteran of the force. He has been placed on administrative leave, standard procedure in an officer involved shooting.
Officers are seeking robbery and murder charges for all four suspects. Although the suspect was shot and killedy by a police officer, it was related to the commission of a felony and those committing the felony can be charged in the death.