Body camera shows officers shoot and kill 17-year-old driver in O’Fallon, MO


O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The St. Charles County Police Department released video providing in-depth analysis after a young man was fatally shot in O’Fallon, Mo.

Police say officers approached a vehicle around 11 a.m. on January 23 after receiving a call that two 17-year-olds were sleeping inside their silver car in the 500 block of Prentice Drive in O ‘Fallon, Missouri, blocking a resident’s driveway. After being rushed to the home, the police asked the driver to open the doors but they refused. According to the police, one of the officers saw a gun inside the car. The body camera caught the officer smashing the driver’s side window with his weapon before the driver fled.

Video captured the officers firing multiple shots at the silver car. Police said the wrecked car was found near Mexico Road and Aspen Pointe Drive.

GRAPHIC WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY DISTURB SOME

The 17-year-old driver was hit by gunfire and later pronounced dead at an area hospital. No officers were injured in the incident.

A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody. Police say the gun and the driver’s vehicle were stolen from St. Louis County.

Both officers have been placed under administrative supervision following the incident until the investigation is complete, which is part of department policy.

Today, St. Charles County District Attorney Tim Lohmar held a press conference to explain his office’s decision not to press charges against the two officers in this incident.

“I could say what I saw in the video and what anyone seeing the video would probably say with me is that it’s disturbing. I don’t like what I saw. Know the results, of course, make them even more tragic,” St. Charles County District Attorney Tim Lohmar said. “I’ve never been a police officer, although I work closely with them. many circumstances, this being a prime example, they have a split second to decide what to do next.

He says that in this case the officers were justified in using force because they reasonably believed they were in danger if they did not intervene.

“We believe the shooting was in fact justified,” Lohmar said. “The officers had the legal right to use lethal force and, tragically, that lethal force resulted in the death 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 not to know that whatever officers are going through in the moment during an incident like this one is captured easily by body cameras.

“They just don’t have the luxury of taking the time to assess and step back, to consider their options. you hope their training takes over, and I hope it does,” he said.

This is the first critical incident video ever released by the St. Charles County Police Department. Lohmar says the public can expect similar videos in the future whenever an incident like this occurs.

“It creates open communication and a feeling among the community for the most part that they’re not trying to hide anything. they try to show you what they looked like and what their officers were doing when they made the decision they made.

The St. Charles County Police Department told News 4 that its department is developing a policy on how critical incident videos will be released in the future.


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