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Suspect in officer-involved shooting survived previous police shooting in 2009

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The man shot and killed by police in south St. Louis Tuesday survived a separate police shooting in 2009.

Police say Ledarius Williams was killed in Dutchtown during a struggle with police and allegedly pointed a gun at the officers.

In 2009, Williams, who was 17, went to prison for pointing a gun at two other officers. A judge sentenced Williams to 14 years in prison, but Williams served less than five years. 

At the time of Tuesday's shooting, Williams was free on parole after being released from jail in March, 2014 after pleading guilty to two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.  

The officers involved in Tuesday's shooting were not the same officers who shot at Williams in 2009.

A prosecutor recommended Williams be eligible for probation after serving a 120 day "shock time" sentence. For reasons the Missouri Department of Corrections won't disclose, it was recommended a few months later that Williams stay in prison.  

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says she won't comment on the Williams case because her office will have to evaluate the officers' use of force in Tuesday's shooting. 

"There are very few crimes which require someone to serve the entire length of their sentence," said Joyce. "First degree murder is one of the more violent crimes. The law says you have to serve 85 percent of your sentence, but in the vast majority of crimes the Department of Corrections is free to set policies where they decide when a person can be released early." 

Williams had no previous adult convictions and the Department of Corrections says juvenile probation and parole records are closed.  

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