ST. LOUIS (USA TODAY) — A 23-year-old male robbery suspect is dead after being shot by a police officer in north St. Louis, authorities said Tuesday.
The incident took place in the city's Sixth District, about four miles from unrest in suburban Ferguson, where protests and clashes continue following the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man by local police.
No officers were injured, authorities said.
In a press conference following Tuesday's incident, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson confirmed the shooting in the city's Sixth District. The suspect "brandished a knife" during a convenience store altercation with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers, Dotson said.
The suspect walked into a convenience store, stole some energy drinks, walked out, walked back in again and stole some pastry, Dotson said.
The store owner called police as the man paced in front of the store, Dotson said. When police arrived, the "brandished a knife," Dotson said.
The man, whose name has not been released, then tried to attack an officer outside the store but was shot and killed near near Riverview Boulevard and McLaran Avenue.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French tweeted shortly after 1 p.m. local time: "We've had an officer involved shooting in St. Louis City. Here at the scene to keep the crowd calm and find out exactly what happened. #peace."
A few minutes later, French tweeted, "Crowd forming around crime scene."
Contributing: Donna Leinwand Leger in Washington, Linda Dono in McLean, Va.