AFTON, Missouri- The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that Clifton Knickmeyer, 59, involved in a domestic dispute was a former officer.

He was fatally shot after police arrived at the house on the 8700 block of Zellwood Drive about 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

A woman, 58, who lives at the home, was fighting with Knickmeyer, her boyfriend, authorities said.

The woman and her son, 26, met arriving officers at the house, west of where Union Road crosses Interstate 55. The woman told police the disturbance was verbal and became physical when she called police. She told officers Knickmeyer was in the bedroom.

Clifton Knickmeyer

According to police, officers announced their presence when they entered the home. They found Knickmeyer standing next to a bed in a bedroom. They spoke to him and tried to calm the situation, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at an early-morning press conference.

Knickmeyer reached under the bedding, and the officers ordered him to show his hands, Belmar said. He raised a semi-automatic handgun and pointed the gun at an officer. The officer then fired several times with his department handgun, striking Knickmeyer.

Knickmeyer was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers recovered a gun in his possession.

The officer who shot Knickmeyer has been with the county police department for four years, authorities said.

“It’s tragic that this type of occurrence would happen, but these officers have no other choice but to defend their lives,” Belmar said.

The shooting remains under investigation. Police spent much of the day at the house, taking crime-scene tape down about 6 p.m.

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