Posted on April 20, 2015

Officers Kill Knife-Wielding Man near St. Louis, Police Say

Yahoo! News, April 18, 2015

A 23-year-old African-American man who barricaded himself in his mother’s house in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other, authorities said on Saturday.

The St. Louis County police chief described the encounter as one that left his officers with no choice but to open fire.


According to a police statement, a woman told officers her son, Thaddeus McCarroll, had locked her out of her house, was armed with a knife and had mentioned a “black revolution.”

Police said they called on the man, who they could see was armed with knives and a sword, to leave the house and that when he finally did emerge from the home he held a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other.

Police tried to negotiate with McCaroll, telling him to drop the weapon. He did not comply, despite being shot at first with a “non-lethal round.” Instead he charged at the officers, the statement said.