A Jennings man was shot and killed by St. Louis County police Friday night after authorities said he charged at them with a knife during a stand-off outside his home.
The dead man was identified as Thaddeus McCarroll, 23.
Police on a body cam video released Saturday morning can be heard reassuring McCarroll that "we are not here to harm you."
A county tactical unit negotiator urges McCarroll to "do me a favor and drop the knife and come over here so we can talk about what's going on."
Moments later the sound of a weapon shooting a single rubber bullet can be heard.
Police said the projectile struck McCarroll in the leg.
Police say McCarroll, knife still in hand, continued to advance on the tactical unit officers.
The video then records a burst of gunfire followed by orders to "Get CPR going! Get a medic! Get a medic!" over the sound of a barking police dog.
McCarroll was pronounced dead at the scene.
County police said the standoff began shortly after officers responded to a 9:30 p.m. report of a man wielding a knife and a Samurai sword locking his mother out of their home in the 9200 block of Riverwood Drive.
McCarroll's mother told police her son was wandering the residence muttering about a "journey" and "mission."
McCarroll, according to his mother, was also referring to a "black revolution."
Police said that McCarroll ended negotiations with the tactical unit by emerging from the home about 11:30 p.m. with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other.
The two-hour drama shattered the Friday night quiet in a neighborhood proud of the stability of longtime home ownership.
Many neighbors said they've known McCarroll since childhood.
They say police told McCarroll's mother, Charlene McCarroll, they would get him help.
"They told her they would talk him out and take him to DePaul Hospital," said a neighbor.
Instead, "they didn't give that rubber bullet enough time to work," said the neighbor who was standing with Charlene McCarroll as the scene unfolded.
Velvet Wade, the McCarroll's next door neighbor, likened the fusillade from TAC unit weapons to "a war zone."
"It all lit up," said Wade.Back in 2005, Brian Nichols attempted to start a 'black revolution' in Atlanta, in a story completely dropped down the memory hole.
Though few people dare consider what those two words mean, how often does the term "black revolution" slip from the lips of blacks across America?
How often indeed, considering black witnesses to McCarroll's mental breakdown claimed he didn't even have a knife... just a Bible. [Neighbors offer accounts of officer-involved fatal shooting of Thaddeus McCarroll, St. Louis American, 4-19-15]:
The group said that they had been outside from 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. They said that they were urged by police to go inside their homes, but refused to go because they were afraid that McCarroll would be killed if no one was there to see.
“Last night they really intimidated us with how they had the crime scene set up,” the young woman said. “They told us we couldn’t walk out here. My friend came across the street just to talk to us. The police told him, I don’t want y’all walking back and forth because you are making the police officers uneasy. What do you mean we are making you uneasy?
We’re just sitting on the porch. This is our neighborhood.”
They say that they offered to help police try to bring McCarroll out, so did McCarroll’s mentor.
It can be assumed that police didn’t adhere to their request to protect the safety of citizens if McCarroll was brandishing a knife.
The group felt that McCarroll was betrayed most of all, claiming that police promised him that if he came out of the house he wouldn’t be harmed.
As they relived the final moments of McCarroll’s life, his death didn’t make sense to any of the people who saw it. A few even disputed that he had a knife. One woman said he had a bible. Another woman said he was pointing at the officers – therefore making it impossible to hold a knife.
Either way they believe there were enough resources for law enforcement available at the scene to where McCarroll didn’t have to die.McCarroll had to die because he attacked police.
It's that simple.