ST. LOUIS — Two drug detectives shot and killed a teenager Sunday night in the city’s Old North St. Louis neighborhood.
Darryl Ross, 16, of St. Louis, died at a hospital after being shot Sunday night near the Shell gas station at North Florissant and St. Louis avenues. Ross lived in the Baden neighborhood in far north St. Louis, just south of Bellefontaine Neighbors.
Officers were near the Shell gas station when they said they saw multiple people with guns shortly after 11:30 p.m., according to an incident report from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Officers notified other detectives and then proceeded to the gas station parking lot. They were in an undercover vehicle and were in civilian clothes but were wearing black bulletproof vests with the word “POLICE” in white letters on the front and back.
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One of the gunmen, later identified as Ross, “quickly exited” the gas station parking lot and entered a nearby alley, according to the report.
The two officers followed Ross in his vehicle into the alley, police said, then got out of the car while identifying themselves as police officers to Ross.
Ross ran west through the gas station store and then through a hole in an iron fence, police said. The detectives ran after him.
Police said that as the chase continued, the teen tripped over a curb, fell and dropped a handgun.
As detectives approached him, they said Ross reached for the gun and both detectives shot him.
Ross died in a hospital.
Neither officer was injured, police said. The department said they were in the area Sunday night working on the Summer Violence Initiative.
One of the officers is 37 years old and has been with the department for 14 years. The other is 27 years old and has been with the department for four years.
Acting Public Safety Director Dan Isom said at a weekly briefing Monday that the shooting remains under investigation by the department’s Force Investigation Unit and he couldn’t share any more information, including the number of times officers fired their weapons and if they suspected the teenager of committing a crime. when they first approached him.
Isom said the undercover officers were not wearing body cameras. At least six surveillance cameras are posted outside the Shell building, but station employees told the Post-Dispatch that they were instructed by officers not to speak to anyone about the shooting.
Torn crime scene tape could be seen throughout West Florissant Monday morning, and one of the police department’s mobile gunshot detection units with surveillance cameras is stationed across the street at St.Louis Ave.
Ross’s family gathered at the scene of the shooting Monday afternoon to challenge the police narrative of the incident.
This is the department’s second fatal shooting in a week and at least the fifth this year.
Saint Louis Officers shot and killed a 61-year-old man during an hour-long standoff Wednesday afternoon at a West End apartment complex. A police commander said the man charged an officer with a knife and was shot at least once in the chest by the officer. The officers fired about seven shots.
Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson and editor Alex Valentine contributed to this report.