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Police: Man shot, killed by officers after charging with dagger

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JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Two St. Louis County police officers shot and killed a man who charged at them while holding a dagger early Saturday.

"This is another tragic situation where police officers had no other option than to use deadly force against an armed subject," said St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar in a statement Saturday. "A family lost a loved one tonight and that is tragic, there is no understating that. My officers took every precaution to safely resolve this situation, starting with over an hour-long attempt at negotiations with the subject.

Police responded to the 9200 block of Riverwood Drive after receiving a call from the mother of Thaddeus McCarroll, 23. McCarroll's mother said her son had locked her out of the house and was armed with a knife. He had been talking about going on a "journey," a "mission" and mentioned a "black revolution." 

Officers could see McCarroll pacing inside the house with several knives and a Samurai sword.

Officers tried to engage McCarroll, but he refused to speak with them. Around 10:30 p.m., the Tactical Operations Unit was dispatched to the residence to begin negotiations. After approximately an hour of negotiations, McCarroll exited the residence with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other.

McCarroll was ordered to drop the weapon, but police say he kept coming closer. One tactical officer fired a non-lethal round in an attempt to disarm him. The round didn't faze McCarroll, and police say he immediately charged at full speed with the knife still in hand.

Two officers shot McCarroll multiple times. A tactical medic began life-saving measures, however, McCarroll was pronounced dead at the scene.

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