“I’m going to kill you first.”
And with that chilling threat, a man stepped towards one of the St. Louis County Police officers surrounding him with their tasers drawn.
The South County Precinct officers were responding to the home in the 200 block of Kingston Drive near Jefferson Barracks County Park Nov. 6 after hearing reports of a violent disturbance, according to the weekly police blotter. The man had his girlfriend in a headlock behind a house and refused to let her go until police commanded him several times.
That’s when the man told police to shoot and kill him. He didn’t seem to have a weapon, but police had their tasers and less-lethal shotguns—which don't have deadly ammunition—ready as the man gave police an ultimatum: Kill me or I will kill you instead.
That’s when he singled out one officer, took a step and issued his threat: “I’m going to kill you first.”
Simultaneously, officers deployed their tasers and less-lethal shotguns, bringing the man down to where they could handcuff him immediately.
Police took the man to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for a psychological evaluation.
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