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Man who died in officer-involved shooting in south St. Louis identifed

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Ledarius Williams, 23, was shot and killed by police on Minnesota in south St. Louis on the afternoon of February 3. Ledarius Williams, 23, was shot and killed by police on Minnesota in south St. Louis on the afternoon of February 3.
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting south St. Louis City Tuesday.

The incident happened in the 4100 block of Minnesota in the Dutchtown neighborhood around 3:40 p.m. According to police, two officers on patrol spotted 23-year-old Ledarius Williams, who was known to law enforcement. Police said the officers attempted to speak with him before he took off running.

Officers said they followed him into a gangway on Meramec and eventually found him hiding behind a bush in another gangway. A struggle then ensued. During the struggle, police said Williams produced a gun and turned it towards the officers. One of the officers then fired four shots at Williams.

Williams was taken to a hospital, but later died. No officers were injured. Police said they recovered a Springfield Armory .45 caliber gun from the scene. Authorities believe the gun was reported stolen in 2013 from Alabama.

Williams was arrested in 2009 for pointing a gun at an officer during a traffic stop. During that encounter, Williams was shot in the leg. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the traffic stop incident, but was released early on parole.

The officer who shot Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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