A “knife-wielding” suspect has been shot dead by police in north St Louis, not far from where an unarmed black teen was killed by an officer, setting off days of unrest, according to a Sky News report.
The suspect, identified as a 23-year-old African-American male, was approached by officers following reports of a convenient shop robbery and a “man with a knife acting erratically”, St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said.
“As officers arrived, the suspect turned towards the officers and started to walk towards them, clutching his waistband,” Chief Dotson told reporters.
“He then pulled out a knife in what we describe as an overhand grip, and told the officers: ‘Shoot me now, kill me now'”.
The suspect ignored verbal commands to drop the knife and continued to approach the officers, coming “within three to four feet” before two officers opened fire, the chief said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officers, who were not identified, have been placed on administrative duty.
Reporters already in the area following several days of unrest in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown flocked to the scene east of Ferguson.
The area north of downtown St Louis has been the scene daily protests since August 9, when Mr Brown was shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Police have deployed tear gas and stun grenades in recent nights as peaceful protests turned violent after nightfall.
Authorities have said protestors threw bottles and Molotov cocktails at lines of police put in place to quell looting and violence in the neighbourhood.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to try and restore order to Ferguson, a town of about 21,000 people that is overwhelmingly African-American.