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Police: Armed suspect fatally shot by officers in O'Fallon, Missouri

Police said a barricaded subject left the house and approached officers with a weapon.

O'FALLON, Mo. — Police fatally shot a barricaded subject after a standoff in O'Fallon, Missouri, Saturday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Brian Harr with the O'Fallon Police Department, police responded to an assault call at 2:35 p.m. in the 700 block of Longfellow Circle. 

Police arrived to find that a 32-year-old man and his father were involved in an altercation and the suspect was armed. He threatened his parents and when the father tried to disarm him, the handgun was discharged several times into the ground, according to a press release. 

Police said the parents left the residence unharmed. 

The 32-year-old then barricaded himself inside the home. A SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene.

Negotiations began with the man who exited the house multiple times but returned back into the residence.

Around 4:20 p.m. the man exited the home and exchanged gunfire with police on the scene. Police then shot and killed the man, according to a press release.

According to Lt. Thomas Wilkison, three O'Fallon police officers, a St. Peters police officer and a St. Charles police officer fired at the man when he shot at police. None of the officers were injured. 

On Sunday, the St. Charles Police Department identified the man as Taylor Lee Shomaker, 32, of St. Charles. 

No other injuries were reported to the surrounding neighbors in the area.

Police staged at St. Dominic High School for the incident, but the high school was not involved.

There was no active threat to the public, Harr said.

The St. Charles Critical Incident Response Team is investigating.

The officers involved in the shooting are: 

  • a 32-year-old officer from St. Charles City Police Department with 10 years of experience
  • a 41-year-old officer from St. Peter’s Police Department with 18 years of experience
  • a 37-year-old officer from O’Fallon Police Department with 14 years of experience
  • a 31-year-old officer with O’Fallon Police Department with 10 years of experience
  • a 26-year-old officer from O’Fallon Police Department with one year of experience.

St. Charles police said there is video footage of the incident from body-worn cameras but will not be released at this time due to an active investigation. Detectives are also contacting neighbors for home security cameras that may have caught the incident. 

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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