- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) - Police say officers shot and killed a man in suburban St. Louis after he allegedly chased his mother with a knife and lunged at officers.

Police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2j3shXf ) that 25-year-old Elijah Smith died at the scene of the shooting Thursday after at the Florissant home he shared with his mother.

Police Chief Tim Lowery says two officers fired a total of nine shots at Smith after officers tried subduing him with a stun gun and a bean bag round fired at him.

Lowery says officers “didn’t have a choice with the large knife he had in his hand.”

A police spokesman says Smith had “an unfortunate mental health issue.”

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com


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