ST. LOUIS ( -- Officials said a man was shot and killed by a police officer in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood early Sunday morning.

The incident happened just after 5 a.m. near North 13th Street and Clinton near the Bristol Place Townhomes. The man was shot in the torso and taken to the hospital where he later died.

He was later identified as Steven Day, 30, of North City. 

St. Louis Metropolitan Chief John Hayden said the shooting stemmed from a failed traffic stop near St. Louis Ave and N. Florissant.  Police said Day sped away from two uniformed officers and drove into the Bristol Place Townhomes.

Day then crashed into a metal pole barrier and a nearby parked car just a half a mile from the initial traffic stop. 

As Day ran away from the crashed car, one of the officers chased after him while his 39-year-old partner remained in the patrol car to search for Day.

Moments later, the 39-year-old officer spotted Day near the complex and chased after him. 

"As the officers confront this individual, the person refuses to take their hand out of their pocket," said Hayden. "The officer attempts to tase the suspect, unsuccessfully."

Police said the officer attempted to use his Taser on Day again as he tried to run off.

During the confrontation, Day reportedly fell to the ground and pulled out a handgun from his pants pockets.

"The suspect then pulls his weapon from his pants pocket, points it at the officer and the officer in turn fires several shots into the torso of the suspect," Hayden continued.

Witnesses told News 4 they heard at least six gunshots ring out. No officers were injured during the shooting.

Drugs found in officer-involved shooting suspect's car

Officers found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol from the crime scene and suspected narcotics and paraphernalia from the suspect's car. 

A loaded 9mm gun was found at the scene and two different types of narcotics were found inside the crashed car, police said.

Hayden said the 39-year-old officer who fired the shots has been on the force for 13 years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The officer's 28-year-old partner has been on the force for three years. 

The Force Investigation Unit responded and is handing the ongoing investigation.

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