Man with BB gun fatally shot by St. Louis police after he attempted to rob White Castle

2013-01-19T14:00:00Z 2013-04-25T08:47:08Z Man with BB gun fatally shot by St. Louis police after he attempted to rob White CastleBy Denise Hollinshed dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8319 stltoday.com

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.

 

Denise Hollinshed is a crime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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