Students watch as St. Louis police shoot man

Friday, January 23, 2009 | 11:36 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis police officer has shot a man who began waving a knife after rear-ending a school bus.

The seven elementary school students aboard the bus during Thursday night's crash weren't hurt. But witnesses say the children were watching when the suspect was shot in the side. The man's condition was not immediately known.

Police say the man was driving too fast when he crashed into the bus. Afterward, he reportedly began yelling and pulled a knife.

Police say the man didn't comply with repeated requests to drop the knife. An officer fired his weapon after a stun gun failed to subdue the man.

Passers-by boarded the school bus and managed to get the kids away from the danger.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave, which is customary.

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