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Police ID suspect, 15, fatally shot by St. Louis officers in JeffVanderLou neighborhood

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An officer-involved shooting was reported in the 3200 block of St. Louis Avenue Tuesday morning (Credit: KMOV) An officer-involved shooting was reported in the 3200 block of St. Louis Avenue Tuesday morning (Credit: KMOV)
Investigators probe scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday (KMOV-TV) Investigators probe scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday (KMOV-TV)
Investigators probe scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday (KMOV-TV) Investigators probe scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday (KMOV-TV)
Investigators probe scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday (KMOV-TV) Investigators probe scene of fatal officer-involved shooting in North St. Louis Tuesday (KMOV-TV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A teenage suspect was shot and killed after pointing a gun at an officer in north St. Louis Tuesday morning, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Dotson said a vehicle was taken at gunpoint in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. Monday. He said the description of the gun and suspect from the carjacking are similar to the suspect who pointed the gun at the officer Tuesday morning.

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Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, a St. Louis Police Officer spotted the stolen vehicle, which was occupied by three people, and attempted to stop it. The suspect vehicle led a marked police cruiser on a chase through several streets and alleys.

When the vehicle stopped in an alley in the 3200 block of St. Louis Avenue two of the vehicle’s passengers exited. As he was exiting vehicle, the suspect, later identified as 15-year-old Jorevis Scruggs, seated in the front seat pointed a gun at an officer who was exiting the police cruiser, Dotson said.

After Scruggs pointed a gun towards the officer, the officer fired several shots, according to Dotson. Scruggs ran for 30 to 40-yards and collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It's not known how many shots were fired. Dotson said it is unknown if Scruggs fired any shots at officers.

Some residents are claiming Scruggs was shot in the back and was not a threat to officers when he was shot.

The medical examiner's report said he was just under the right shoulder blade, very close to where the back meets the side. The medical examiner also said the wound is consistent with the officer's version of events.

The driver of the stolen vehicle continued driving. The vehicle was found abandoned about a mile away from where the suspects ran from it and the driver is being sought by police. 

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A gun that was reported stolen from Kirkwood in November 2014 was recovered at the shooting scene, said Dotson. Police said it was recovered next Scruggs' body.

No officers were injured during the incident. It is not yet known if the suspect fired shots at the officers.

The officer who fired the gunshots has been on the force for more than seven years, Dotson said. Per department policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Authorities are currently looking to see if there is any surveillance video of the incident. They also said they are in the process of interviewing witnesses.

There was not a camera in the police cruiser at the time of the shooting, according to Dotson.

The backseat passenger of the car, described as a 19-year-old man, was arrested after being tased by police.

Columbia Elementary School, which is located near the shooting scene, was placed on lockdown, officials said.

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