Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Drugs and Two Handguns Found at Home of Man Killed by Officer, St. Louis Police Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Drugs and Two Handguns Found at Home of Man Killed by Officer, St. Louis Police Say

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ST. LOUIS * Police found drugs and guns inside the home of the man who was killed during a raid that turned fatal Tuesday night, documents show.

Two handguns and ammunition, a plastic bag with 8 grams of heroin and other plastic bags with marijuana and the prescription painkiller hydrocodone were found in the man's house, according to documents released Thursday.

The man, Don Clark, 63, was killed in what police have described as an exchange of gunfire with an officer who came to his door in the 4000 block of California Avenue to conduct one of the searches.

At another home on the block that was also searched that night, police said they found "individually wrapped plastic bags containing fentanyl," another prescription painkiller, as well as a digital scale.

Police had asked a judge for a "no knock" warrant because they believed they would face "armed, violent drug dealers," according to a copy of the search warrants, which was also obtained Thursday.

In the affidavit for the warrant, Detective Thomas Strode said that two confidential informers identified Clark as being involved in marijuana dealing on the block. …

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