St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louis police said an officer who feared for his safety shot a man who reached under his seat and refused to cooperate with police.
St. Louis police Capt. Michael Sack said officers on routine patrol saw a transaction take place outside Church's Chicken, along Riverview, around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. Officers suspected it was a drug deal so they approached the suspects. One man took off on foot, while the other jumped in a car.
Police said the man in the vehicle drove towards officers, so an officer fired a shot at the vehicle.
Police chased the vehicle, until it spun out near Goodfellow and West Florissant. An officer's vehicle hit the side of the man's vehicle and caused the air bag to go off and block the view of the driver.
Officers demanded the man get out of the vehicle, but he refused. One of the officers tried to move the air bag to get a view of the suspect and saw him reach under his seat. An officer fired shots, striking the suspect, according to Capt. Sack.
The man was taken to an area hospital where he died.
He has been identified as 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith.
Capt. Sack said officers searched the vehicle and found a gun and what appeared to be narcotics inside the vehicle.
The officer that fired the shot is 31-years-old and has been an officer for four years. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.