Day after deadly shooting, officers find themselves in eerily similar situation

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Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 5:46 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Just one day after St. Louis police shot and killed a man carrying a knife in north St. Louis, officers in the Clayton-Tamm neighborhood found themselves in a similar situation, according to police documentation.

Police said they were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person with a knife around 10:00 Wednesday night in the 6100 block of Eveline.  Police confronted the suspect who yelled at police to "kill me."  

Despite saying that, police and one eyewitness News 4 talked to said the man never made any threatening moves towards the officers.  When he refused to drop the knife, however, officers reportedly used their tasers, but they had no effect.  Police then "transitioned to their pistols" and ordered the man to drop the knife, according to an incident report.

The suspect, identified as Charles Pickens, followed the officer's direction and was taken into custody.

Pickens was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

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