Eyewitness Video Shows St. Louis Police Shooting Knife-Wielding Man

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone video of Tuesday’s shooting of a 25-year-old man just miles away from Ferguson, Mo. Warning: Video is extremely graphic.

1. St. Louis police on Wednesday released a cell phone video that showed the confrontation with officers that left a 25-year-old man dead.

Officials identified the man as Kajieme Powell. Investigation into his death is ongoing, and the two officers who shot him are on administrative duty, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said.

Officers arrived at the scene after Powell took items from a store, Dotson said. When the clerk told him he needed to pay, he became agitated and started throwing things.

The encounter was captured on surveillance video inside the store, and it also prompted one man to follow him with a cell phone camera.

4. 911 callers said Powell had taken two energy drinks and doughnuts. He was “upset” outside the store, and he had a knife.

“I don’t know what he’s getting ready to do,” a woman said.

5. Police responded to the disturbance, and a dispatcher told them he had a knife.

As officers got out of their vehicle, Powell brandished a knife at them and said, “Kill me now,” Dotson said. The officers feared for their safety when he was about four feet away from one of them, and they both fired, Dotson said.

7. A crowd of protesters gathered, and some chanted “hands up, don’t shoot,” the phrase that united protesters in nearby Ferguson seeking justice for Michael Brown. Brown was unarmed when he was shot by police on Aug. 9.

At the scene where the crowds have gathered today after another officer involved shooting.

— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII)

8. St. Louis police said they would provide as much information about the shooting in their area as quickly as possible.

Transparency and openness builds the public's trust in their police department.

— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD)

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