Mo. man dead after trying to rob store with BB gun

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 21-year-old St. Louis man is dead after attempting to rob a White Castle restaurant with a BB gun and being shot by an off-duty police officer working security.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports ( Thomas Donovan went into the store shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday and approached the counter with what appeared to be a real gun.

Police say one of the officers fired when the man didn't drop the gun as directed and hit him in the abdomen. Donovan was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police say Donovan matches the description of a man who previously robbed the restaurant.

The 48-year-old officer who shot the man is a 21-year veteran on the force. She has been placed on administrative leave, which is department policy in officer-involved shootings.


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