St. Louis police fatally shoot man near Ferguson

, Posted: Tue, August 19 2014 at 12:24 PM, Updated: Tue, August 19 2014 at 12:28 PM

St. Louis police fatally shoot man near Ferguson

St. Louis, Mo. -- (NBC News) Two St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a black man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife on Tuesday in a confrontation a few miles from the turbulent suburb of Ferguson, authorities said.

The man, 23, had taken energy drinks and a package of pastries from a nearby convenience store, Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters. He said that the man was “acting erratically, walking back and forth, up and down the street.”

The chief said that the officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife. The chief said the man answered: “Shoot me now. Kill me now.” He said the man moved toward one of the officers and came within 3 to 4 feet.

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