St. Louis police have fatally shot eight people this — the highest number of fatal police shootings by city police in the past decade, with more than three months left in the year. There were five people killed by St. Louis police in all of 2016.
Police say all of those killed by officers were armed. One of them stabbed an officer before being fatally shot. The remaining seven pointed a gun at officers before they were killed, according to the police department.
And three of those, including Hammett, actually fired at officers before they were fatally shot, according to police.