ST. LOUIS • An off-duty St. Louis police officer fatally shot a man early Saturday as police said he attempted to rob a White Castle restaurant.
Police said the man, Thomas Donovan, 21, of the 3000 block of North Euclid Street, had a BB gun that looked like a handgun and when he refused to drop the weapon the officer shot him.
The shooting happened at the White Castle at 3524 North Kingshighway about 3:50 a.m.
Police said two off-duty officers working security saw Donovan approach the counter with what appeared to be a gun and when he didn't drop it as directed, one of the officers fired, striking him in the abdomen. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said Donovan matches the description of a man who previously robbed the business.
The officer who fired the fatal shot is 48 and a 21-year veteran on the force. She was placed on administrative leave, which is department policy when an officer is involved in a shooting. The investigation is continuing.