A Missouri man is dead after being shot by Granite City police officers early Wednesday morning outside a convenience store.
The suspect, identified as Stephen S. Minsh, 45, of St. Charles, Mo., died at the scene.
The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. at a gas station on Illinois 203 near Maryville Road., according to Granite City Police Chief Richard Miller. Police were sent to the business at 4:12 a.m., receiving a call about a man in a Mazda parked on a grassy area immediately behind the store.
Master Sgt. Mark Doiron, of the Illinois State Police, said it is believed that the person who called police and asked them to come to the store was Minsh. When he called he seemed obviously distraught, Doiron said.
When two Granite City officers arrived at the scene, the man in the car displayed a pistol and ignored several commands to put it down, according to Doiron. He then pointed the gun at officers and they fired at Minsh, killing him.
The police officers were not injured, Miller said.
Doiron said there was no indication the suspect actually fired his gun at police. Doiron would not comment about whether he thought the suspect intentionally lured police into firing at him as a suicide attempt.
Officers were able to recover a gun from the suspect's vehicle and both the gun and the car have been taken by the State Police to be processed.
Doiron said police on Wednesday were in St. Charles trying to make contact with friends and family to find out why Minsh was upset and what he was doing previous to his trip to Granite City.
The Illinois State Police Zone 6 investigations unit was called to investigate the case by Granite City Police. The unit handles police-related shootings and jailhouse death cases.
An autopsy was planned for Noon Wednesday, according to police.
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