Des Peres man killed reaching for officer's gun in St. Louis, police say

2013-02-08T22:05:00Z 2013-04-25T08:47:07Z Des Peres man killed reaching for officer's gun in St. Louis, police sayBy Valerie Schremp Hahn 314-340-8246

ST. LOUIS • Police said Friday that Jason N. Noroian, 32, was the man shot to death while struggling for a police officer’s gun along the riverfront near downtown.

Noroian, of the 2100 block of Pardoroyal Drive in Des Peres, twice reached for the officer’s weapon after being stopped about 6:10 p.m. Thursday at Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and Biddle Street, officials said.

The officer who shot him has been identified only as a male, 28, on the force for two years. He was placed on administrative leave, the usual process during a shooting investigation.

Officials said the Port Authority notified police of two suspicious vehicles, possibly involved in a drug transaction. Officers pulled them over and learned there was a warrant out for Noroian’s arrest.

As the officer approached to arrest him, Noroian reached for the officer’s pistol and got it out of the holster, police said. The two struggled and the officer tried to fire but the gun misfired. After the officer cleared the weapon, Noroian tried to take the gun again and was shot in the side. He died at a hospital.

Officers said they later found a loaded .40-caliber handgun in Noroian’s car.

The person in the other vehicle was a woman, 32, who was arrested for drug possession. Her name was not released.

Court records show that Noroian was on probation for a 2011 conviction of fraudulent use of a credit card in Des Peres. He also was put on two years of probation in 2011 for theft.

Kim Bell of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

Valerie Schremp Hahn covers nightside public safety for the Post-Dispatch.  Follow her on Twitter at @valeriehahn.

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