ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A St. Louis police officer shot and killed an off-duty sheriff’s deputy late Thursday when the deputy, described as intoxicated and agitated, appeared to pull out a gun during an argument, police said Friday.
The off-duty deputy for the St. Louis City Sheriff’s Department, Timothy Kern, 53, was shot three times after police saw him reach for a gun when approached by police in the residential Carondelet neighborhood, police said.
“The officers ordered the man to show his hands but instead of complying, he reached for the gun and turned toward the officers with the gun. One of the officers, in fear for his safety as well as the safety of his partner, fired at the suspect, striking him three times,” a police statement said.
Police said a witness told them Kern had broken up with his girlfriend earlier in the evening and was drunk at the time he was approached by police.
The incident started when police saw Kern and another man blocking the street in a loud argument about 10:25 p.m. local time. Police said Kern was yelling and seemed “very agitated.”
The officer who shot Kern was not identified but police said he was a 16-year-veteran of the force. Kern died at an area hospital shortly after the shooting.
Reporting and Writing by Bruce Olson; Editing by Greg McCune