O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. The Charles County Police Department released a video that provides an in-depth crash after a young man was shot and killed in O’Fallon, Mo.
Police said officers approached a vehicle around 6 p.m. 11 a.m. Jan. 23 after receiving a call that two 17-year-olds were sleeping inside their silver-colored car in the 500 block of Prentice Drive in O’Fallon, Missouri, blocking a resident’s driveway. After being sent to the home, police asked the driver to open the doors, but they refused. Police said one of the officers saw a gun inside the car. Body camera captured the officer as he smashed the window in the driver’s side with his gun before the driver sped off.
Video captured the officers firing several shots at the silver car. Police said the crashed car was found near Mexico Road and Aspen Pointe Drive.
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The 17-year-old driver was hit by gunfire and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. No officers were injured in the incident.
A passenger in the car was arrested. Police said the driver’s gun and vehicle were reported stolen from St. Louis. Louis County.
Both officers were put on administrative charge after the incident until the investigation is completed, which is part of the department’s policy.
Today, St. Charles County’s prosecutor Tim Lohmar told a news conference to explain his office’s decision not to prosecute the two officers in this incident.
“I could say that what I saw in the video, and what anyone watching the video would probably say with me, is disturbing. I do not like what I saw. Of course, knowing the results makes it even more tragic, “said prosecutor Tim Lohmar of St. Charles County.” I have never been a police officer, even though I work closely with them. I know that in many circumstances, as this is a good example, they have a split second to take. a decision on what the next move is. “
He says in this case, the officers were entitled to use force because they had a reasonable belief that they were in danger if they did not intervene.
“We believe the shooting was actually justified,” Lohmar said, “The officers had the legal right to use lethal force, and tragically, the lethal force led to the loss of the life of a young man.”
L: ohmar says he knows people are going to question the content of the video, but he also says it’s important to know that not everything the officers are currently experiencing during an incident like this is easy. captured through body cameras.
“They just do not have the luxury of time to evaluate and retire, consider their options. You hope their training takes over and it hopefully does,” he said.
This is the first critical incident video ever released by St. Charles County Police Department. Lohmar says the public can expect similar videos in the future when an incident like this occurs.
“It creates open communication and the feeling in society for the most part that they are not trying to hide anything. they are trying to show you what they looked like and what their officers were doing when they made the decision they made. “
St. The Charles County Police Department tells News 4 that their department is currently developing a policy on how critical incident videos will be released in the future.
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