ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have identified the man fatally shot by an officer during a violent incident on a gas station parking lot.
Police on Thursday identified the suspect as 29-year-old Demario Bass.
On Wednesday, two officers on patrol spotted a stolen 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe at a BP gas station. One officer approached the driver’s side door of the SUV and opened it in an attempt to take the suspect into custody.
Police say the suspect suddenly accelerated backward, causing the officer to become lodged between the open door and the frame of the SUV. The officer fell when the SUV struck a canopy.
At some point the officer fired his gun. Bass was struck in the torso and died.
The officer is hospitalized in fair condition.