Man killed after officer gun threat

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Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A man has been shot dead in Missouri by a police officer he threatened with a gun, officials said.

Sergeant Brian Schellman said the officer was carrying out a routine business check at a petrol station in the St Louis suburb of Berkeley at around 11.15pm local time last night when he observed two male subjects and approached them.

Sgt Schellman said one of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the approaching officer.

The officer then fired several shots, striking and fatally wounding the suspect. Sgt Schellman said the second suspect fled.

The St Louis Post Dispatch reported that a group of about 60 people gathered at the scene.

Berkeley is about two miles from Ferguson, where a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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