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Man dead after officer-involved shooting near St. Louis

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A St. Louis County police officer shot a man armed with a handgun after midnight on Sunday.
A St. Louis County police officer shot a man armed with a handgun after midnight on Sunday.

A St. Louis County police officer shot a man, killing him, during an altercation shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 8700 block of Zellwood.

Police went to the home on a domestic violence call of a 58-year-old female victim fighting verbally with her boyfriend, Clifton Knickmeyer, 59, according to a news release from the St. Louis County Police Department.

After police arrived, the woman said the argument became physical after she called police. She said Knickmeyer was in the bedroom.

An officer announced his presence, entered the bedroom and saw Knickmeyer standing next to a bed, though the officer could not see the man’s hands, according to the news release. Knickmeyer then grabbed a handgun from the bed and pointed it at the officer. The officer fired multiple rounds at Knickmeyer, killing him. Knickmeyer was pronounced dead at the house.

Police took the man’s gun into their custody.

The officer who shot the man has been with the department for four years. He was not injured.

The St. Louis County Police Department Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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