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Family of Man Shot to Death By St. Louis Police Say Cops Lied

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Did Stephon Averyhart really point a gun at two St. Louis police officers?

The St. Louis Police Department says he did -- and that's why they shot him to death.

But the 27-year-old's family says he was just running away because he was a constant target for traffic cops and, with a few traffic-ticket warrants on his record that he had trouble trying to pay, he took his chances and ran instead of getting yet another one.

Cops say he pulled a gun on them. Averyhart's family say that's absurd, given the car mechanic's nonviolent character and his unnecessary need to escalate things to that level. He's never been a violent criminal, they say. Just one with a bad driving record.

Here's what the police say happened on February 12: Averyhart refused to pull over his car and led police on a short chase. To force him to stop, a spiked barricade was placed on the street, causing Averyhart's tires to blow out and send his car crashing into a pole.

See also: Police Shoot, Kill Wanted Suspect Stephon Averyhart After Back-Alley Chase

He then hobbled out of the vehicle with a gun in his hand and ran into an alley with two cops chasing after him on foot. When the cops turned a corner, they claim to have seen Averyhart pointing a gun at them. "In fear for their lives," they opened fire, shooting him multiple times, including once in the head.

Police say they found "narcotics" on the scene. The St. Louis Police Department is unable to confirm to Daily RFT what type of narcotics Averyhart had when he was killed, explaining they need to get back results -- a typical procedure in all drug cases.

The only evidence of drugs on his rap sheet is a misdemeanor bust (less than 35 grams) for marijuana from March, 2013.

Averyhart's family say they believe what the police say up until the point of the shooting. What they don't believe is that Averyhart ever pointed a gun at the police. He wasn't a "wanted felon" as media reports described him, based on police press releases, after the shooting. All he had was a few warrants for unpaid traffic tickets. And Averyhart's family says pointing a gun at police just wasn't in him.

Rather, they say, a more likely scenario is that when the cops turned the corner and saw Averyhart, they shot first and asked questions later.


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18 comments
Jamie Van
Jamie Van

Reading the comments from a publication in St. Louis will make you wonder if this city ever made it out of the 1960s... And if the commenters ever made it out of grade school. Just FYI, you look like a fool trying to tell someone about life when you can't even spell.

Devon L Johnson
Devon L Johnson

Its always police harrasment when you drive with fake temp tags, no insurance, suspended license and warrants. Wake up driving is NOT a right if you can't get your car legit and can't follow traffic laws no one else should get injured or get their car damaged because you are a bad driver. He prooved he was not safe to drive. HE CHOOSE TO RISK PEOPLES LIVES AND RUN. You all will figure it out when you get hospitalized or your car is totaled by some uninsured suspended jerk that the police didnt even chase.

Natasha Marie
Natasha Marie

Majority of white folks live in lala land they would never understand

Brian Besse
Brian Besse

N st Louis is a concentration camp because of the police? What a dumb statement! Look in a mirror and quit pointing fingers at everyone else!

Bahar VoKellz
Bahar VoKellz

If u don't know of the struggle of being a black man in America u really should not comment on this article folks... Guess u All are the same ppl who think Trayvon Martin n Jordan Davis killers are innocent too huh... North Stl has been turned into a concentration camp by the police but the priveleged will never understand... These comments make me sick...

Dan Kelemen
Dan Kelemen

Running from the police because you are getting tired of getting tickets? Maybe he should have learned to drive slower and not give REASON for the police to pull him over. What an idiot! I love the excuse that he drives fast because that's what he does. Once again idiot.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Sounds like he was flouting the law every step of the way, did he have a ccw to carry his gun? If he didn't that's a felony right there. I'm all for calling out police brutality but I'm not seeing it in this case, if we start requiring all cops to wear cameras we wouldn't have these issues of not knowing.

Mike E. Moses
Mike E. Moses

Funny only way anyone will ever know is if every single cop wore one of them cameras attached to there glasses or behind your ear. Which seems pretty unreal to ever happen. But shit in St. Louis maybe jus cause our city is insanely raunchy

Erin Fuson
Erin Fuson

Hate to say it, but if you are running from the cops and you have a gun on you, you are asking for trouble. I hate that this young man's life was cut short but you can't run from the cops with a gun....you just can't.

shellyo79
shellyo79

bullcrap cops don't lie, they took classes on how to lie better than criminals while they were training to become a cop...

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