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Police: Suspect pointed firearm at police in officer-involved shooting

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A suspect is dead following an officer-involved shooting in St. Louis County. Officers from the St. Louis County Police Department were responding to a domestic violence call before the shooting occurred. 

Police identified the suspect as Clifton Knickmeyer.    

Knickmeyer was a former police officer. His LinkedIn page lists that he worked for different departments. Ballwin Police have confirmed that he once worked as an officer at their department. A spokesperson for the department said Knickmeyer had not been employed by the department for more than a decade.

Knickmeyer’s LinkIn profile also lists him as a firearm instructor for Freedom Force Security and Defense LLC.

The call for the domestic violence incident was made around 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct responded to the scene in the 8700 block of Zellwood. Police said the details of the call included a female victim fighting with her boyfriend, who police said is the suspect in this incident.     

The female victim, 58, was a live-in girlfriend of the Knickmeyer, 59, according to police. 

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar spoke at a press conference at the Affton Southwest Precinct at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. It was at the press conference that Chief Belmar revealed the details of the incident. 

Chief Belmar said the incident began as a verbal argument between the victim and Knickmeyer. The woman's 26 year-old son was also in the house during the argument. Police said the son witnessed the argument turn into a physical altercation. 

The police were called by the victim's son. 

When police arrived on the scene, they called the woman and her son out of the house. But the suspect refused to exit the residence. Chief Belmar said officers went into the house to investigate. 

The officers found Knickmeyer in the backroom. Chief Belmar said it was at that point the officers tried to find out what was going on with the suspect. 

"They (were) trying to talk to (the suspect), find out some details, calm the scene," Chief Belmar said. 

At one point, Chief Belmar said, the suspect reached under the bedding. 

"(The officers) command him to show them his hands," Chief Belmar said. "In fact, he produces a semi-automatic, begins to come up with the firearm, and one of the officers shoots this individual several times and ends his life." 

Chief Belmar said only one officer fired a weapon. That policeman is a four-year veteran with the department. The handgun was recovered by police and secured the rest of the residence. 

Knickmeyer was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the department's Bureau of Crimes Against Persons. 

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