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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is doing something he's never done before. He's calling for an FBI investigation of an officer-involved shooting.
In April 2013, 25 year old Cary Ball was shot to death by police after he fled a traffic stop. The officers say Ball had pointed his gun at them. A police investigation concluded last month that the shooting was justified.
Ball's family told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they don't believe he would have aimed a gun at police. They've filed a wrongful-death suit.
Chief Dotson told the paper that he's asked for the FBI probe to make certain his department got it right, and not because of any allegations against the officers involved.
The Illinois State Police are assisting in an investigation after an Alton police officer shot a suspect Tuesday, critically wounding him. The Officer had been responding to a call for shots fired in the area of McClure and Harriett Street when he encountered the suspect.
Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons say an officer fired on the man when he drew a weapon after being ordered to the ground.
"The initial investigation disclosed that the gun the suspect drew was an airsoft-type handgun," he aid. "The handgun looks identical to a Glock semi-automatic handgun carried by law enforcement."
Chief Simmons says it's a tragic incident any time a law officer has to discharge a weapon. The officer involved is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
An investigation is underway after St. Louis County police officers shot at someone during a traffic stop.
Just before 5 PM police pulled a car over for a traffic violation. While officers were approaching the car, a passenger got out of the car. The police noticed that man was holding a gun and shot at him. The suspect dropped the weapon and ran away, but he was captured a short time later.
The driver of the car was also taken into custody. It is not known if the armed suspect was hit.
The St. Louis County coroner is trying to determine if police shot an Affton man to death, or if he shot himself.
St. Louis County Police were called to a home in the 9800 block of Arv-Ellen about 7:30 Saturday night because of a man reportedly waving a gun around in his front yard and yelling for someone to call police.
Officers arrived to find 36 year old Shawn Spiros sitting on the front porch.
Police say they tried to talk with Spiros, but he pulled a gun from his waistband, raised it toward officers and then at his own head. Police spokesman Randy Vaughn says it appears that Spiros and an officer fired at the same time. It's yet not clear which shot killed Spiros. The coroner is expected to release a report on Monday.
Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside St. Louis city police headquarters Wednesday, determined to continue pressuring for an investigation into the shooting death of a St. Louis man.
The anguish of a grandmother as a family seeks answers regarding the shooting death of Carey Ball, Jr. killed last month by St. Louis city police during a traffic stop. Family and friends depict a young man who was getting his life on track, an honor student at Forest Park. Police say he pointed a weapon and they opened fire.
Ball's father says his son did have a gun, but had thrown it down and was surrendering to police when he was shot. Carey Ball, Sr. says they don't want a pity party, just a thorough investigation.