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Suspect dies in officer-involved shooting at Chesterfield outlet mall

Police said the officer pulled out his weapon and shot the suspect after the suspect had hit him with a car

ST. LOUIS — A man has died in an officer-involved shooting outside a Chesterfield outlet mall.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 p.m. at the Chesterfield Outlets — the outlet mall on the north side of Interstate 64.

Employees at the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store in the mall called police to report suspicious activity. Police said the suspects left the store and got into a vehicle. Officers responded to the mall and when they ran the plates on the vehicle, they said they discovered it had been reported stolen.

Chesterfield police officers tried to stop the car. While walking up to the vehicle, police said the driver pulled forward and hit an officer, throwing him onto the hood. The vehicle almost hit another officer.

Before the officer was hit, one of the suspects exited the car to comply with the officers. The suspect that got out of the car was also hit by the car during the incident.

Chesterfield police said the officer who was hit pulled out his service weapon and fired shots at the driver, striking him.

A press release from the St. Louis County Police Department said the officer was a 35-year-old with 12 years of law enforcement experience.

The driver was pronounced dead. Police have not released any further details about the suspect.

The view from Sky5 showed several bullet holes in the windshield and driver-side window of a black car that was parked in the parking lot.

The officer who was hit by the car was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover.

The three other suspects are all in custody.

People were being asked to avoid the area, which near Top Golf and several popular and busy restaurants and businesses, but the area has returned to normal.

Chesterfield police said this is the first officer-involved shooting in Chesterfield. The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over the investigation. 

Earlier this month, police said five men stole about $4,000 worth of Coach purses at the mall. The same men were suspected of taking about $3,200 worth of UGG boots 10 minutes earlier from the St. Louis Premium Outlets, which is on the south side of I-64.

Chesterfield police wouldn't comment on whether those thefts are related to the officer-involved shooting.

READ MORE: Men wanted for stealing $7,200 in UGG boots and Coach purses in Chesterfield

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