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

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Two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers shot and killed a 27-year-old man Wednesday when a car chase turned into a back-alley gunfight at the intersection of Harney Avenue and Union Boulevard.

Police say Stephon Averyhart, who lived .1 miles from the shooting in the 5400 block of Ruskin Avenue, was shot after he pointed a gun at two officers, according to police. He was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

Police recovered his weapon along with narcotics at the scene.

The officers involved -- a 35-year-old officer with 10.5 years on the force and a 32-year-old officer with 8 years' experience -- were not injured. They are now on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is required by department policy.

See also: St. Louis County Police Shoot, Kill Andrew Bush After He Allegedly Points Assault Rifle At Them

The incident began at 11:45 a.m. when Metro Air Support alerted police it was monitoring a vehicle wanted for felony fleeing from St. Louis County.

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Harney Avenue and Union Boulevard.
Special Operations Division officers deployed spike strips to stop the vehicle, and Averyhart fled with a gun in his hand down an alley in the 5300 block of Union and turned a corner out of sight, police said.

Officers followed with their department-issued weapons drawn. When they turned the corner, they saw Averyhart pointing a gun at them, according to the police report. The officers fired a number of shots, striking Averyhart.

Averyhart was sentenced to jail time for marijuana possession in 2013, according to court records. He was also convicted of operating a motor vehicle on the highway with a revoked drivers license in 2006, 2007, 2010 and twice in 2011.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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22 comments
jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

This story sucks. I wanted to see some video of a microphone stuck in his mama's face while she wails screaming 'ma baby dint do nuffin!'

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Even if he wasn't a wanted felon, if you pull out a gun on the cops, you're asking to be shot.

Adam Fry
Adam Fry

Street Credit has its price.

Ryan Sevener
Ryan Sevener

It funny that they say he got the drop on em but didn't get any shots off

Shane Coats
Shane Coats

Is the RFT gonna do an article on every shithead the police kill in the STL? They're gonna be busy because they just smoked another one about 30 minutes ago!!!!

Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

That wasn't my point at all and of course that's what the cops said happen. Dont act like cops dont make stuff up or plant evidence sometimes to cover their asses. Dead men can't talk as far as I know

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

you pull a gun on a cop = you're soon dead. score a point for darwin.

melloyello
melloyello

I was just getting out of class and going home on Union when several cop cars buzzed by me, followed by an ambulance. I knew something was up when the helicopter was aggressively circling.


Andycrossett
Andycrossett

Curious what was the felony for which he was accused.  


Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

Wanted Felon lol... he smoked weed and drove without a license and ultimately was killed because of it. Pretty sad

Wump
Wump

50/50 they planted the gun

pimpindezhoes
pimpindezhoes

They shot somebody else later that day sound funny 2 me crooked ass police

pimpindezhoes
pimpindezhoes

Right first they say the killed him n the alley then they say he pointed a gun at them around a fence hmmm

pimpindezhoes
pimpindezhoes

Jus shows u police aint shit they all crooked if u ask me

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@pimpindezhoes yes indeed, now when will you claim how benevolent all of these ghetto trash crack babies are that have infested many formerly good neighborhoods?

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