Man dies, hours after being shot by St. Louis County police
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS — A man who was shot by St. Louis County detectives after allegedly pointing a handgun at them died Tuesday, hours after a violent confrontation in the town of Bellefontaine Neighbors.
The man killed was identified as Patches Holmes, 26. Police spokesman Tracy Panus said Holmes' gun was recovered and it was determined that the weapon had not been fired.
The shooting happened Monday afternoon. Panus said officers searching for an armed fugitive attempted to stop a vehicle, but the driver sped away. Police used tire-deflating stop sticks to successfully disable the vehicle, and three people ran from the scene.
Police said two detectives found Holmes, the fugitive who was being sought, under the back porch of a home and ordered him to show his hands. The man pointed a handgun at officers, who responded by shooting him, police said.
Holmes was taken to a hospital and died Tuesday morning. The other two people in the vehicle were taken into custody without incident.
The names of the detectives involved in the shooting, ages 28 and 36, were not released. They were uninjured.
Panus, at a news conference after the shooting, said the suspect was a felon with a violent history who was wanted for a parole violation.
The Missouri Department of Corrections said Holmes had convictions for second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and theft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.