SE Missouri man shot, killed by police officer

CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — The Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal shooting of southeast Missouri man by a Charleston police officer.

KFVS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/tAyszl) Tuesday’s confrontation began when police in the Bootheel community received a call about a mentally disturbed man.

Patrol Trooper Clark Parrott says after being followed by police in a car, the man threw a rock at an officer, than ran into a house and came out with a sword. Parrott says the man nicked Police Chief Robert Hearnes on the hand with the sword.

The trooper says police used a stun gun on the man twice, but he continued to approach them and was shot by an officer.

The man’s name has not been released.

KFVS reports hundreds of people gathered at the scene of the shooting but later dispersed.

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Information from: KFVS-TV, http://www.kfvs12.com

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