Wanted felon shot dead by police after pursuit

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A wanted felon is dead after he was shot by police officers following a pursuit that ended near the intersection of Harney and Union.

It happened at approximately 12:05 p.m. The unidentified suspect's vehicle was spotted by the police helicopter, which followed him until he ran over spike strips and slammed into a utility pole.

The suspect -- identified as 27-year-old Stephon Averyhart - jumped out of his car and ran away, clutching a gun. He hid behind a fence and pointed the weapon at officers, who fired in his direction.

No officers were injured during the altercation. A weapon and narcotics were recovered at the scene.

As per department policy, the officers who fired the shots are on administrative leave.

No additional information was immediately available.


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