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Police ID man fatally shot by officers in South County during domestic incident

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LAKESHIRE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police have identified the man they said was fatally shot while assaulting police officers in South County Thursday night.

Around 10:45 Thursday night, police responded to a call for a cutting in the 10100 block of Puttington Drive, just off of Tesson Ferry Road.

According to police, the suspect, 30-year-old Jacob Hohman, was assaulting his sister and 12-year-old nephew inside the apartment with a hammer and a knife.

Police said the boy was able to escape the apartment where they all resided and run to a neighbor's residence, where the neighbor called police.

"I opened the door and he was just covered in blood and had a lot of different wounds on him," said Lisa Devole, a neighbor in the area. "He said 'My mom is dying, my mom is dying.' I asked was it a car accident and he said 'No, my uncle stabbed us.'"

Later, Hohman came outside with the claw hammer and a confrontation ensued outside the resident between the suspect and police, authorities said.

Police said the four officers, one Lakeshire officer and three St. Louis County officers, told Hohman to put the hammer down. The suspect ignored their instruction and charged at the Lakeshire officer, according to police.

According to police, the officer feared for his life and fired two shots at Hohman, causing him to fall. The suspect got up seconds later and charged at one of the St. Louis County officers.

In fear of his life, the officer fired six shots, striking Hohman, police said. 

The suspect was transported to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

The 33-year-old woman and her son were both transported to the hospital where they were both listed in stable condition. Police said the woman sustained life-threatening injuries during the incident. 

According to police, the woman received lacerations to her face and throat, defensive wounds on her arms, and blunt force trauma to her head. Her son had lacerations to his arms, a 2-foot long laceration to his back, defensive wounds to his hands and blunt force trauma to the back of his ear. 

Per department protocol, the two police officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave by their respective departments pending an internal investigation. 

The Lakeshire officer has 44 years’ of experience and the St. Louis County officer has eight years on the force, St. Louis County Police said.

The St. Louis County Police Department's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons in conducting the investigation into the assault of the two victims.

Lakeshire is located near Affton and employees 13 full and part-time officers.  

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