Detective shoots, kills man with ‘edged weapon’ in Maryland Heights, police say

Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 8:03 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV) - The St. Louis County Police Department said a Maryland Heights police detective shot and killed a man outside Dave and Buster’s in Maryland Heights Wednesday. Police said the man pulled out an “edged weapon” and charged at the officers responding to the location.

Sgt. Tracy Panus with the St. Louis County Police Department said in a media briefing that officers were searching the area for the man just after 4 p.m., along with officers from the Maryland Heights Police Department. She said he was wanted in several county jurisdictions for criminal incidents but did not specify Wednesday evening what those incidents were.

Officers approached the man as he was leaving Dave and Buster’s on Riverport Drive. The man refused to comply with officers’ commands, Panus said. Then, she continued, he pulled out an “edged weapon” and charged at officers. A 46-year-old officer with 14 years of police experience shot the man. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Friday, the man was identified as Mark Davenport, 48, of Rolla.

Maryland Heights police said there were not many people in the area when the incident happened. Panus said anyone who witnessed the situation is asked to call the St. Louis County Police Department.

A spokesperson for Dave and Buster’s said the company is cooperating with the investigation into the incident.

“We are aware there was a police-related shooting that occurred outside of our store. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and doing everything possible to support them in their investigation including sharing video footage captured by our surveillance cameras.”

Pete Thornfield, vice president of marketing, Dave and Buster's

Panus said Dave and Buster’s does not have external cameras. Any surveillance video from inside provided by the company is part of the investigation and is not being released at this time, she added.