Lamont Dukes: Unarmed Man Shot by Cop During Chase Faces Charges (UPDATE)
Update: The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has charged 30-year-old Lamont Dukes with resisting arrest after the man allegedly fled from a cop during a "pedestrian check" over the weekend. Our original coverage of the incident is below.
A police officer who thought the suspect might have a gun on him shot and wounded Dukes on Sunday, officials say, sending him to the hospital with wounds in his buttocks and leg.
Dukes, it turns out, was unarmed.
But the officer discharged his firearm "fearing for his safety," police say.
The male cop, 33, is now on administrative leave as is standard procedure with an officer-involved shooting.
Dukes, a resident of the 4300 block of St. Louis Avenue, is meanwhile recovering in the hospital. A judge has issued a $500 cash-only bond.
Below is our original post on the incident from yesterday.
Original post, July 22, 1:19 p.m.: A St. Louis city police officer shot an unarmed suspect yesterday afternoon after the man allegedly tried to flee a "pedestrian check" at a Gravois Avenue Walgreens.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says that a 33-year-old male cop is on administrative leave -- as is standard policy in an officer-involved shooting -- after he fired shots at a 30-year-old man, hitting him in the buttocks and leg and sending him to the hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition.
Police say that the cop was conducting a pedestrian check of two black male suspects, ages 30 and 34, who had entered the pharmacy.
Police say that the officer was aware that the 34-year-old male had "been barred entry into the business" and requested that the two leave the building.
Once outside, the 30-year-old man ("Suspect #1") allegedly fled north on foot from the officer "while grabbing his right waistband," police say: "Suspect #1 fled to the east alley of the above address and when the officer entered the alley, he observed that Suspect #1 had stopped running and was in a semi-crouched position while turning toward him and raising his right hand from his waistband. Fearing for his safety, the officer discharged his Department issued firearm, striking Suspect #1."
The investigation, however, revealed that the man was not in possession of a weapon and fled because he was listed as "wanted."
The incident happened on the 4800 block of Austria Avenue near the Gravois Ave. Walgreens.
Here's KSDK (Channel 5)'s report from the crime scene.
And here's the department's tweet on the shooting followed by the full report.
At police officer involved shooting. No injury to officers, suspect transported to hospital non-life threatening injuries.— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) July 21, 2013
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Location: 4800 block of Austria
Date/Time: 7/21/13 @ 16:22
Victim: 33-year old white male (St. Louis Police Officer)
Suspect #1: 30-year old black male
Suspect #2: 34-year old black male
A St. Louis Police Officer was conducting a pedestrian check of two individuals who had entered the Walgreens Pharmacy at 7339 Gravois. The officer was aware that Suspect #2 has been barred entry into the business and requested that Suspect #1 and Suspect #2 leave the building. Once outside the business, Suspect #1 fled north on foot from the officer, while grabbing his right waistband. Believing that Suspect #1 was in possession of a firearm, the officer pursued him on foot while ordering him to stop and raise his hands. Suspect #1 fled to the east alley of the above address and when the officer entered the alley, he observed that Suspect #1 had stopped running and was in a semi-crouched position while turning toward him and raising his right hand from his waistband. Fearing for his safety, the officer discharged his Department issued firearm, striking Suspect #1. Investigation later revealed that Suspect #1 was not in possession of a weapon and fled because he was listed as 'wanted'. Suspect #1 was conveyed to a local hospital and treated for gunshots wounds to his buttocks and leg and listed in serious/stable condition. As a matter of Department policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.