St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson telling reporters about the fatal shooting
St. Louis Post-Dispatch screenshot

A 19-year-old suspect was fatally shot by St. Louis police after he allegedly got out of a stolen car holding a gun and confronted the responding officers Wednesday night, Chief Sam Dotson confirmed, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Police patrolling the neighborhood had reportedly been following the car, a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was reported stolen last month, after the driver made an illegal U-turn, the news site noted. The two individuals in the vehicle then sped off.

Ultimately, the car hit a retaining wall near an alley. At that point, the teenage passenger got out with a gun with an extended magazine, the Post-Dispatch reports.

When officers ordered the young man to put down the weapon, he did not comply, according to reports, prompting officers to open fire, Dotson said. The wounded teen was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle, another 19-year-old, was cooperative and taken into police custody.

Advertisement

The identity of the slain suspect has not yet been released, but Dotson did say he had a record that included auto theft and burglary.

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.