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Officer struck by car before shooting and killing driver at Chesterfield outlet mall

Officer struck by car before shooting and killing driver at Chesterfield outlet mall

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CHESTERFIELD — A man attempting to flee police in a stolen car Tuesday at an outlet mall struck a Chesterfield officer, throwing him onto the hood, before the officer recovered and fatally shot the driver, authorities said.

Officers had gone to Chesterfield Outlets, formerly Taubman Prestige Outlets, about 1 p.m. in response to a call about suspicious individuals, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.

The officers found four men in the parking lot; one cooperated with police, said Chesterfield police Sgt. Keith Rider.

One of the other suspects drove the car forward, striking an officer. The driver then shifted into reverse and struck the man who had complied, Rider said.

The officer then fired at the driver, killing him. The officer, who hasn’t been identified, was taken to a hospital; his injuries were not considered life-threatening, Rider said.

The officer, 35, has 12 years of law enforcement experience.

The three other men were taken into custody. The individual struck by the vehicle also had injuries that were not considered life-threatening, and was taken to a hospital, county police said.

The four men have not been identified.

Rider said the car that the suspect was driving had been reported as stolen.

A portion of the parking lot, which faces Highway 40 (Interstate 64), was blocked off by police. The main shopping area at the mall did not appear to be disrupted.

The shooting drew a heavy police presence to an area outside the entrance to the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store.

Rider didn’t identify what type of car the suspects used but officers were seen standing by a tarp-covered body next to a black Kia, which appeared to have sustained gunshot damage.

St. Louis County police technicians were at the scene marking areas where bullet casings were found. County police have taken over the investigation.

“It’s a tragedy, absolutely, for everyone involved,” St. Louis County police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said at the scene.

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