ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The family of Kajieme Powell, the St. Louis man shot and killed by St. Louis police officers in August filed a Wrongful Death lawsuit Friday.
Kajieme Powell was killed in an officer-involved shooting at McLaran Avenue and Riverview Drive in North St. Louis on August 19, 2014.
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson at the time of the shooting, Powell stole two energy drinks from the Six Stars Market in the 8700 block of Riverview. Dotson said after the suspect walked out of the store with the drinks, he went back inside the store and grabbed a pastry. Dotson said the store owner followed the suspect out of the store and police were dispatched to the area.
According to police, Powell pulled out a knife and was acting erratically when officers arrived. Dotson told reporters the suspect told responding officers to “shoot me now, kill me now.” Dotson said officers asked the suspect to drop the knife, which he was holding in an overhead grip, and the suspect refused to do.
When the suspect approached the officers carrying a knife, officers fired shots, striking the suspect.The 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.
The family's attorney, Jermaine Wooten, wrote in a statement that Powell posed no threat to the officers, adding that "the police exited their vehicles with guns drawn and aimed at Kajieme and within 23 second, Kajieme Powell was shot 12 times."
The suit, which was filed on behalf of Powell's family, is against St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, both officers involved, Board of Police Commissioners and the City of St. Louis, according to a media release from the family's attorney Friday.