Police had no option but to use deadly force, said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, following the fatal shooting of Thaddeus McCarroll, 23.
On Saturday, April 18 at 1 am, McCarroll “charged at them with a knife and a Bible and told his mother he was planning a Black revolution,” says Belmar. The young man’s mother called the police on her son who barricaded himself in his his room, he had been walking around the house with knives and a Samurai sword. He told his mother he was “going on a journey,” a ‘Black revolution.”
Two police officers shot McCarroll several times and the sound of the gunshots was captured by the body camera. McCarroll passed away outside his home in Jennings, a city in St. Louis County, Missouri.
“The officers resorted to less lethal force to try and bring the incident to a safe conclusion with no loss of life, but this individual made the decision to refuse these attempts, and charge at officers with a deadly weapon,” Belmar said in a statement.