Police: Off-duty officer kills teen who turned gun on him

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/31/2007


ST. LOUIS An off-duty St. Louis police officer fatally shot a man who tried to break into a parked car and pulled a pistol when the officer approached him, authorities said.

The officer fired a single shot just before the man jumped back into a waiting car. Several shots were fired from that car as it sped away, but none hit the officer, police said.

The exchange occurred about 3:30 a.m. Monday at Osceola and 38th streets, in the city's Dutchtown neighborhood. Police said the officer, who lives there, had seen two men walk toward a parked Cadillac and then flee in a waiting car when the Cadillac's alarm sounded.

The officer called 911. As he and neighbors stood talking near the Cadillac, the officer saw the same car park in the 3700 block of Osceola, police said. A man got out and tried to open the door of a parked Pontiac Grand Am.


When the officer approached and identified himself, the man pointed a pistol at the officer, who fired one shot, police said.

About 10 minutes later, a vehicle dropped off Dejuan Blanchard, 17, in front of St. Louis University Hospital and drove away. Blanchard, of the 900 block of North Leonard Avenue in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood, was pronounced dead at 2:42 a.m. Tuesday of a gunshot wound to his head, police said.

Officials said they determined that the fatal bullet had been fired from the officer's gun.
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