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Police: 19-year-old suspect wearing mask fatally shot by officer after pointing gun

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2 SLMPD officers were involved in a crash while pursuing a carjacking suspect in north St. Louis Monday. Credit: KMOV 2 SLMPD officers were involved in a crash while pursuing a carjacking suspect in north St. Louis Monday. Credit: KMOV
Scene of officer-involved shooting on Lee Avenue Monday (Credit: KMOV) Scene of officer-involved shooting on Lee Avenue Monday (Credit: KMOV)
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Police have identified the suspect who was shot and killed by an officer following a police pursuit that ended in a crash Monday night.

St. Louis County police said around 2 a.m. Monday a Mercedes was carjacked in Affton. Then, around 10 p.m., officers saw the stolen vehicle in Jennings and chased it into North City.

The St. Louis County officer then called officers in St. Louis City to help pursue the carjacked vehicle. 

A St. Louis City police SUV with two officers inside was on its way to assist when it got into a collision with a car not connected to the investigation near the intersection of Lillian and Union.

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Both officers and the two people inside the other vehicle were taken to a hospital. All four suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The St. Louis County officer continued pursuing the suspect vehicle, which crashed on a sidewalk in the 4100 block Lee Avenue near the Fairground Park neighborhood.

According to police, when the vehicle stopped, a 19-year-old passenger exited wearing a mask, gloves and pointing a gun at the officer. The officer then shot the suspect, later identified as Aaron Ballard, who ran a short distance and collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

“It is remarkable to have individuals or an individual in a vehicle with a mask and gloves on. That’s not something that you encounter everyday but I think it lends itself to part of this criminal investigation to perhaps answer some questions,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.

After the shooting, the driver and two other suspects that were inside the Mercedes ran from police.

“It’s going to be critically important that we identify the individuals that were accompanying this individual in the car,” said Chief Belmar.

Police said the way the suspects were dressed, with masks, matched the description of the carjacking suspects from the morning in Affton.

“Anytime you are robbed at gunpoint by masked men, obviously it’s going to get the attention of law enforcement. It’s one of those cases that these officers have a responsibility to try and do what they can do to keep the streets as safe as possible,” Chief Belmar said.

No officers were injured during the shooting.

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