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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, said the officer, a 6-year veteran of the force, was working for a private security company when he approached three men on the street.
"As he exited the car, the gentlemen took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street," Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said. "The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed."
The way one of the men was running, grabbing at his waistband, indicated to the officer the man was carrying a weapon, so the officer gave chase, according Dotson.
Ballistic evidence recovered from the scene indicates Meyers fired three rounds at the officer before his weapon jammed, Dotson said. The gun was ultimately recovered.
The officer fired 17 shots, Dotson said, but he said he didn't know how many of those shots hit Meyer, or why the officer fired that many shots.
A quick background check on Vonderrit D. Meyer revealed a weapon and resisting arrest charge this year. He was to face a Judge on the 2014 charges November 17.
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