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St. Louis Police Shoot Teen During Drug Investigation

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Tyre Boyce, 18.
A St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer with more than twenty years on the force shot an armed teen suspect in the leg during a drug investigation Wednesday night, according to police.

The Circuit Attorney's Office charged Tyre Boyce, 18, with unlawful use of a weapon for pointing a firearm at two officers who were investigating drug sales in the Carondelet neighborhood.

Police say Boyce was in the rear of a blue Dodge Neon on his block, the 6700 block of Vermont Avenue, when police approached around 8:20 p.m. to investigate a call about suspicious people selling drugs from the car.

As police approached, Boyce ran from the car with a gun in his hand, turned back toward the officers and pointed the gun at them, according to the police report. A 46-year-old police officer shot multiple rounds from his department-issued weapon and stuck Boyce in the thigh.

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

Police say Boyce kept running with the gun in his hand even after getting shot, fleeing into a house on the block. He soon left the house without the gun and was arrested and taken to the hospital without incident.

By the time police got back to the blue Dodge Neon, the rest of the suspects had scampered.

Both police officers, a 46-year-old officer and a 34-year-old officer with eight years on the force, are now on administrative leave, as department policy requires. They were not injured.

Boyce is in stable condition, and he is being held on a $30,000 cash-only bond. His aunt tells Fox2Now Boyce was involved in a neighborhood dispute, not drug deals, when police approached him.

Here's the report from police:

Incident: Officer-Involved Shooting

Location: 6700 block of Vermont

Date/Time: 7/02/14 @ 20:20

Victim #1: 46-year old white male (St. Louis Police Officer with 20.5 years of service)

Victim #2: 34-year old white male (St. Louis Police Officer with 8.5 years of service)

Suspect: 18-year old black male (stable)

Officers were investigating a call for suspicious persons involving drug sales in the 6700 block of Vermont originating from a blue Dodge Neon. When officers located a vehicle matching this description and approached the vehicle, the rear seat passenger suddenly exited and began to flee on foot. The officers observed the suspect holding a firearm in his hand. The suspect then turned toward the officers and pointed the firearm at them. Victim #1, in fear of his safety and the safety of his partner, drew his Department-issued weapon and discharged rounds, striking the suspect in the leg. The suspect continued to flee while armed and entered the residence in the 6700 block of Vermont. The suspect then exited the residence unarmed and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh and listed as stable. The suspect vehicle was located unoccupied. There were no officers injured in this incident. As a matter of department policy, the officer who fired gunshots has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.

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



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26 comments
Joseph Durr
Joseph Durr

Being someone in law inforcement myself, I do agree that proof should have been provided that the suspect was armed. I've seen other reports with major evidence like this left out. Also note who along the comment thread made a racial statement with the suspect's color being involved. If I were to say something like that, It would be considered racist!!!

Debbie Lane
Debbie Lane

He needs to get a job so he would be so tired after working all day making an honest living that he would be too tired to go out and get into trouble.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

Let's see some proof from the police that he had a weapon.

Justin Michalik
Justin Michalik

Let's see the footage from the dash cam. You're all saying it's good he got shot but you're forgetting what police department you're talking about. No weapon found? Don't they have dogs trained for that reason? So let's see some proof this guy had a gun.

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

He's lucky the officer is a bad shot, and only shot him in the leg. If the officer had done as they should, he'd be dead. It doesn't say if they ever found the weapon he was allegedly carrying, and ponying at the officers

Samson McNeal
Samson McNeal

Wish his dumb blackass would have gotten shot AND KILLED

Soy Sauce Soy Sauce
Soy Sauce Soy Sauce

@riverfronttimes when you write stories like this one, please ALWAYS mention whether or not the gun was actually recovered. So often the 'guns' in these cases mysteriously disappear, or turn out to be soda cans or cell phones, and no charges are ever filed.

hoffmann2
hoffmann2

@riverfronttimes when you write stories like this one, please ALWAYS mention whether or not the gun was actually recovered.  So often the 'guns' in these cases mysteriously disappear, or turn out to be soda cans or cell phones, and no charges are ever filed.

Devon L Johnson
Devon L Johnson

CONGRATS on you permanent disability limp may you forever live on governement assistance burdening productive society

Dianne Gillespie
Dianne Gillespie

What is wrong with all of you people commenting on here?

Evelyn Johnson
Evelyn Johnson

Isn't it a shame that our youth have to use violence and drugs to make it in THEIR world today? I wonder what the next generation will force their way into to prove that they exist? The language being used in these comments proves a point? Do you really think you have to be vulgar to be heard?

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

We need to get these officers additional target training. Then these stories might have happier endings.  

Conaway Troy
Conaway Troy

Keep in mind guys that he is a good kid. We all know he is a good student and was doing nothing wrong. He was just walking to the gas station to get some skittles.

Sean Bryant
Sean Bryant

Of course he pointed a gun at a cop, right...?

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

He's lucky he isn't dead. Fucking moron, pointing a gun at a cop.

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

he would have gotten shot sooner or later,,,,,,may as well be sooner and it may as well have been the coops,,,,,he was armed at least

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

one less fucktard to deal with i wouldnt doubt that at all if it was a drug deal

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