Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jorevis Scruggs, 15, Identified as Carjacking Suspect Killed by Police

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:19 AM

St. Louis police have identified 15-year-old Jorevis Scruggs as a carjacking killed by police on Tuesday. - RIVERFRONT TIMES
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  • St. Louis police have identified 15-year-old Jorevis Scruggs as a carjacking killed by police on Tuesday.
The carjacking suspect killed by police on Tuesday was a 15-year-old named Jorevis Scruggs, police confirmed today.

The young teen was a passenger in a stolen Honda Accord and allegedly pointed a gun at an officer, who shot him about 11:30 a.m. in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, authorities say.

Jorevis lived in the 4500 block of Fair Avenue, less than two miles from where he died.

Officers were on the lookout for the car after it was stolen at gunpoint the night before. In that incident, a gunman ordered the Honda's 39-year-old driver out of the car, climbed behind the wheel and drove off.

When police spotted the car on Tuesday, the driver took off, Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters shortly after the shooting. Scruggs was in the front seat, and a 19-year-old was in the back seat, authorities say.

Police caught up to the car in an alley behind the 3200 block of St. Louis Avenue. Scruggs and the 19-year-old began to bail out of the car. One of the officers was exiting the patrol car when Jorevis aimed a handgun at him, according to Dotson.

The officer fired multiple times, striking the teen. Jorevis ran 30 to 40 yards and collapsed in the alley, Dotson says. He died there. Police say they recovered a handgun next to his body. The gun had been reported stolen in November 2015 from Kirkwood, authorities say.

The 19-year-old was taken into custody. The driver escaped. Police say he dumped the car about a mile away.

The shooting is under investigation. The officer, a seven-year veteran whose name wasn't released, was placed on administrative duty.

Update at 2:30 p.m. 

St. Louis Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham says Jorevis was shot once in the right side of his back, and the bullet passed through both lungs and his heart, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Everything I've see is consistent with the officer's account," Graham told the paper. 

"As I understand it, the kid was running with his arm up, shooting or pointing the gun at the officer, who was kind of behind him."

We've reached out to Graham for comment; we'll update if we hear back.

Update at 3:42 p.m.

Dr. Michael Graham has issued the following statement about the shooting: "The cause of death was a sing gunshot that entered Mr. Scrugg's body in the mid-portion of the right side of the back (below and somewhat to the right side of the shoulder blade). The bullet traveled forward, upward and leftward striking his heart and each lung. The injury is consistent with the officer's account of the incident."

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