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Police fatally shoot former officer in suburban St. Louis

Authorities said police shot and killed a former officer, 59-year-old Clifton Knickmeyer, on Sunday afternoon in suburban St. Louis while responding to a domestic violence report. (File)

Authorities said police shot and killed a former officer in suburban St. Louis while responding to a domestic violence report.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said 59-year-old Clifton Knickmeyer was killed Sunday afternoon in the Affton area after grabbing a semi-automatic handgun from a bed and pointing it at an officer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His girlfriend told police the disturbance was verbal and became physical when she called police. The shooting is under investigation.

Knickmeyer's LinkedIn profile said he had worked for various police departments over the years and was a certified weapons instructor. A Ballwin police spokesperson, Det. Scott Stephens, said Knickmeyer's employment with the department had ended more than a decade ago.

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