Man shot to death by St. Louis police in wake of Ferguson shooting

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A 23-year-old black man was shot and killed by St. Louis police just miles away from the site of Michael Brown’s killing.
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St. Louis police shot and killed a black man Tuesday afternoon just miles from Ferguson, MO., the site of racially fueled civil unrest.

Police said the 23-year-old  man, who has not been identified, was allegedly brandishing a knife and acting “erratically” as he approached officers. 

According to USA Today, the man was suspected of robbing a convenience store then paced in front of the store until police arrived.

He then “tried to attack an officer outside the store but was shot and killed near near Riverview Boulevard and McLaran Avenue” in the city’s Sixth District.

The shooting death took place just four miles from Ferguson, Missouri, the ground-zero of civil unrest sparked by the police killing of an unarmed 18-year-old black man.

NBC News reported that the man yelled to police, “Shoot me now, kill me now,” and officers opened fire after he refused to listen to their verbal commands to stop approaching.

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.”

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