From Top Conservative News: Authorities say police officers shot and killed a suburban St. Louis black man after he charged at them with a knife. A police body camera recorded the interaction.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference on Saturday that Thaddeus McCarroll’s mother reported on Friday night that her son had barricaded himself in a home in Jennings.
The mother told police her son ‘was talking about going on a “journey'”and a “mission” and mentioned a “black revolution,”‘according to police.
Video shows a man emerging from the home at about 1 a.m. carrying a knife and a bible.
Police say they shot him with an ‘ less lethal impact weapon’ because they felt they had to act.
The rubber bullet to the leg failed to deter the suspect. Officers then responded the ‘charging’ McCarroll with a lethal round of shots, reports NBC.
‘The officers resorted to less lethal force to try and bring the incident to a safe conclusion with no loss of life, but this individual made the decision to refuse these attempts, and charge at officers with a deadly weapon,’ Belmar said in a statement.
‘We need to know that you’re going to be okay, starting right now,’ an officer said.
Two police officers shot McCarroll several times and the sound of the gunshots was captured by the body camera.
Cops can be heard calling fro CPR and a medic.
McCarroll died outside his Jennings home.
‘A family lost a loved one tonight and that is tragic,’ St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said during a news conference on Saturday.
Police in Missouri and around the United States have been under intense pressure to be transparent about arrests and shootings ever since the death of unarmed black teen Micheal Brown.
Brown’s death sparked nationwide protests and put pressure on police to record their interactions with a body cam.