Mistaken for Robbery Suspect, Teen Shot by Cop; Gets Arrested Anyway for Gun, Weed

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Keon Davis was shot by police Thursday night.
A St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer with three years on the force shot a robbery suspect during a foot chase Thursday night near Fairground Park, striking him in the thigh.

Turns out, suspect Keon Davis wasn't involved in the robbery police were investigating. But a department-issued bullet in the leg didn't stop the Circuit Attorney's Office from charging the seventeen-year-old with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and resisting arrest.

See also: Four Teens Charged After South City Shooting, Robbery Spree Puts Victim in Hospital

It all started with a 911 call for shots fired at a robbery around 9:30 p.m. near Fair and Natural Bridge avenues.

Two officers in the area observed four black males matching the description from the call, according to police reports. The officers tried to interview them, but Davis fled on foot, holding his right side as he ran.

One officer, a 27-year-old with three years of experience, followed Davis in his marked police vehicle. At Sacramento and Fair avenues, the officer got out of the car and told Davis to stop and show his hands.

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Here's what happened next, according to the police report:
The suspect did not comply and reached to his side. The officer, believing that the suspect was armed and fearing for his safety, fired one shot at the suspect, striking him.

Davis, of the 5200 block of Gilmore Avenue, is listed as stable in the hospital.

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

Further investigation showed the four suspects, including Davis, were not the same men described by the 911 call about the robbery. Police released the other three suspects.
On Friday, the Circuit Attorney's Office charged Davis with gun and drug possession.

The officer is on administrative leave, per department policy.

Continue reading for the full report from police.

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Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Kid wasn't doing anything disruptive. Shouldn't be punished.

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

If you run your guilty.. These days cops aren't taking any chances with the young thugs .they do not respect life. Shot they kill each other, so why not a cop .

Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

Well, his dumb luck then, instead of being able to sue, he was breaking the law anyway and gets to spend time for that...Too Funny


Seems like a stretch..more likely the officer was trying to cover himself for his shooting.

Randall OftheFamily Dedert
Randall OftheFamily Dedert

Victim: 27-year old white male (St. Louis Police Officer with nearly 3 years of service) My question is, how the hell are you the victim if you are being pursued by armed individuals? How is he a victim when he has no injury either physical or financial.

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