ST. LOUIS ( – A male suspect was shot by an officer in South City Thursday evening.

The shooting happened in the 3400 block of Virginia, which is just inside Hayden's Rectangle, just before 8:00 p.m.

Demetrious Brooks mugshot

Demetrious Brooks, 34, of St. Charles.

"The officers had been directed in that area. it's a place that's commonly known for heavy drug sales and robberies so their commanders had told them to pay particular attention to that area," Chief John Hayden said. 

Police said two officers were in a squad car doing a suspicious vehicle check near Grand and Gravois. When they approached a car, police say a passenger got out and ran, and one of the officers chased after him.

Police said the armed suspect then hopped a fence and the officer followed.

The suspect, identified Friday morning as Demetrious Brooks, 34, of St. Charles, and the officer then got into a struggle over the gun. Police say the officer ordered the Brooks to drop the gun before the officer fired shots.

Brooks was taken to a hospital where he later died. No officers were injured.

The driver of the car he was in is on the loose.

Brooks' gun was reported stolen from Clayton in December, and he has a criminal history dating back to 2004. Since then, Brooks has been convicted of armed criminal action, first degree robbery and auto theft.

Both officers have been put on paid administrative leave.

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