A Wellston police officer fatally shot a 34-year-old man who tried to flee a traffic stop, according to the St. Louis County Police Department. The shooting marks the seventh officer-involved shooting death since August, when then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown and shone a spotlight on police killings in St. Louis.
Google Maps Thomas Allen Jr., drove down this road for two blocks until a Wellston police officer fired three shots at him from inside the car, according to St. Louis County police.
Update, 9:50 a.m.: St. Louis County police have released several new, important details about Saturday's shooting.
Police said a five-year-old girl, the daughter of the driver, was in the rear seat behind the front-seat passenger when a Wellston police officer with more than seven years experience on the force pulled the car over for making an improper left turn.
The Wellston officer checked Thomas Allen and the vehicle for weapons and did not find anything illegal, so he let Allen and the child stay in the back seat of the car while the officer talked to the driver and the front-seat passenger outside of the car.
That's when Allen climbed over the car seat and started driving away -- with the girl in the back seat -- police said.More »