ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office charged a 30-year-old local man with resisting arrest after being shot Sunday afternoon by a city police officer.
According to Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident began shortly after 4:20 p.m. at the Walgreens Pharmacy in the 7300 block of Gravois Avenue.
A St. Louis police officer was conducting a pedestrian check of two men who had entered the Walgreens and was aware that one of the men had been previously barred from shopping at that location. The officer asked both men to leave the store, and one of the men took off running (this was not the man previously barred from the Walgreens).
Jackson said the officer believed the suspect was armed and chased after him. The man ran into an alley in the 4800 block of Austria Avenue with the officer following. The suspect was crouched down and appeared to be pulling his hand from his waistband. Fearing for his safety, the officer opened fired, striking the man in his buttocks and leg.
Police later discovered the man, identified as Lamont Duke, initially ran off because he was listed as "wanted" on other charges.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, Jackson said.