Man with ax shot, killed by St. Louis County police

21 Mar
 
AFFTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police officers shot and killed a man who allegedly charged at them with an ax inside a cemetery.The suspect who was killed is identified as 45-year-old Mark Alan Palmateer. The incident happened late Wednesday inside St. Marcus Cemetery in Affton, MO.
Officers were first called to the man’s house by his wife and a suicide hot line. Police say they found Palmateer going into the cemetery with a short-handled ax in one hand and a barbecue fork in the other.
Officers ordered him to stop and drop the weapons. He didn’t, and charged at them, prompting the officers to shoot.

The incident remains under investigation but police spokeswoman Tracy Panus says it appears the officers followed proper procedures.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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I can’t help but think that there is a huge story behind this story. I haven’t been able to get this off my mind today. I drive past that cemetary sometimes. It’s characters like these that make me want to write – oftentimes the most intersting stories are real.

This man died holding a damn barbeque fork in a cemetary. How does this happen? And why did the police shoot him – where’s the taising and pepper spray? I realize however, if an axe were coming at my face, I probably would have pulled the trigger too. But it’s interesting. Obviously this man was in some mental turmoil – wouldn’t he have been better off receiving the proper care instead of dead? Is this what we do with people who have lost hope – send them to their judgement?

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