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UPDATE: Protesters upset over the fatal shooting of a man who opened fire on officers serving a warrant got more than they bargained for when they attempted to block a roadway Wednesday night when one driver refused to yield to their protest.

After stopping and slowly trying to move forward, was surrounded by several of the protesters who were screaming profanities. As more people approach the vehicle the driver accelerates and plows through a couple of them.

The incident was caught on video and uploaded to Facebook where it quickly went viral.

Earlier:

June 08–ST. LOUIS — SWAT officers shot and killed a man who opened fire on them with an AK-47 as they tried to serve a warrant Wednesday morning at a home on South Kingshighway, police said.

“It was a firefight inside that house,” acting Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said. “Numerous shots were fired.”

Killed in the exchange was Isaiah M. Hammett, 21, who was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.

O’Toole said that about 11:20 a.m., eight members of the St. Louis police SWAT team arrived to execute a search warrant at the single-family residence in the the 5400 block of South Kingshighway.

They announced their presence, then broke down the door and threw in a “flash-bang” diversion device, he said.

Once they entered the house, Hammett fired multiple shots at officers with the AK-47 rifle, and the officers returned fire, striking him, police said.

O’Toole said First District detectives recently had been conducting an investigation and suspected that Hammett was involved in the sale of illegal guns and drugs.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, police displayed the semi-automatic AK-47 rifle and its 30-round magazine. Investigators would not say whether they recovered any other guns or illegal drugs from the home. The department’s Force Investigative Unit will look into the shooting, as is protocol.

O’Toole said that the house had surveillance cameras mounted on the exterior, and that may have alerted Hammett to the officers’ arrival.

“As soon as they got into the house, (Hammett) started firing,” O’Toole said.

Family members said Hammett lived at the address and cared for his grandfather, who uses a wheelchair.

The grandfather, Dennis Torres, said he was in bed when he heard gunshots. Hammett rushed into the room and told him someone was trying to break into the house.

Hammett pulled Torres out of bed and onto the floor, Torres said. Then Torres heard more shots and saw his grandson on the floor.

Torres said he had at least one handgun and several rifles in the home, which he said he legally owned.

He said he didn’t know if Hammett had a weapon when the police entered the home, but said they had no idea who was coming in.

“If I could have got to a gun, I would have returned fire, too,” Torres said. “I didn’t know who was trying to break into my home.”

The home is a single-family bungalow on the east side of Kingshighway, just south of Eichelberger Street.

About 30 friends and family members gathered nearby at the shooting. Many were emotional or angry at police.

Hammett’s mother, Gina Torres, said police were “making up lies” about her son and had recently been paying closer attention to the Kingshighway home.

She said Hammett’s car recently was “shot up by an AK assault rifle” while parked in front of the house.

The home is on the edge of the Princeton Heights neighborhood. It is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city over the last six months.

Hammett was on probation for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after being found guilty by a judge in October 2015. Court documents in that case show he had two other misdemeanor convictions, one for stealing and another also for marijuana possession.

Vigil and march

Late Wednesday, several people staged an impromptu vigil for Hammett outside his home and then marched north on Kingshighway.

They said they wanted to draw attention to a shooting they considered unjustified. “We felt this wasn’t right and we wanted the community to know,” said Dawn Atwell, who is Hammett’s grandmother.

Jeremiah Hammett, who is Isaiah’s uncle, said the family wants Isaiah’s death examined. “We’re asking for a full investigation,” he said.

The protest prompted police to close the intersection of Kingshighway and Chippewa Street and a few nearby blocks for more than an hour.

Police Capt. Steve Mueller said police closed the roads for the safety of those involved in the protest. “We facilitated their free speech by protecting them as they walked,” he said.

He also said that no arrests were made.

One of the marchers was struck by a car that reportedly refused to yield the road to the protest.

Mueller said the woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.

Nassim Benchaabane and Joel Currier of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve got that same frame of mind. If you try to stop me in a road by blocking my truck. I’ll honk my horn 3 times, then Im moving. You surrounding my truck Im putting pedal to the metal. Especially if my family is with me. It’s called fearing for the lives of my family & myself!!! Then I will Turn myself in and see you in court… If it’s an organized event Then I’ll see the Organizers in Court, answering in a Law Suit…

  2. Wow… which part of this story is supposed to make the police look like good guys? Kinda looks like you slaughtered a normal American for no reason and now people are grieving. Even the story provided paints an incredibly dark picture of a full force raid on a family home in the night with no confirmation that the dead have done anything wrong.

    • You mustn’t be reading a different story. The police have the responsibility of protecting the public from people just like this. They were completely justified to serve the warrant with the force they used. The guy had an AK 47 for God Sake. The police risk their lives every time they serve a warrant like this. It’s time families start taking responsibility before it gets to this point. Where was his caring aunti when he was breaking the law.
      Then they turn their irresponsibility toward citizens that had nothing to do with this incident. Of course there needs to be an investigation. A young mans life was cut short because of terrible life choices. I just wish that in the investigation the true blame could be determined. The families that allow their children to grow into adults that believe it is ok to shoot at police.

  3. Let’s start with the LEO dynamic entry into to the home. I’m not a fan of dynamic entries. I believe they should only be done if the information is considerable, not based only on a informant’s statement. This article does not give enough information to make me feel comfortable with this one. More facts needed.

    As for blocking streets and surrounding vehicles, I don’t believe that is peaceful protest. As a vehicle occupant, it would certainly make me feel threatened. My first action would be to call the police and say so. Second action would be determined by circumstances. The police should definitely not allow street blockages.
    In this case, I’m not sure how threatened the vehicle occupants were, as one of them stuck their whole body out the window on the passenger side; although it was after that more people approached the car and then it took off.

  4. Why do the police allow these people to illegally block traffic. I would have done exactly what that driver did. These people have nothing better to do than harass innocent people. The police should have arrested all of them for threatening and intimidating citizens.

  5. You can protest all day, but blocking traffic is illegal. I feel bad only for the body damage on the car, she may have caused.

  6. Such total and complete Assholes .She can afford to lose some of that whale meat she’s carrying anyway !

  7. Seriously, you want justice by being an obstruction for people who aren’t even remotely involved?

    Idiot shoots at LEOs and gets shot and killed in return = nothing of value lost.

  8. “Justice for Isiah!” He GOT justice. He opened fire on cops who were just doing their job serving a warrant on him that he wouldn’t have if he hadn’t broken the law in the first place, and he got justice when they shot his dumb ass. Now get the hell out of the way, you have no right to block the road.

  9. Stand in the street like an effin moron, you’re gonna get run over like an effin moron. Walking trash gets put on the curb, too!

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