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Charleston police officer shoots, kills man

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Charleston residents gather at the scene of a fatal shooting as police officers compile evidence in the background on Tuesday evening.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- A Charleston man was fatally shot by a Charleston police officer Tuesday afternoon.

According to witnesses at the scene, the victim is Murry Lee Asberry, 34.

Hundreds of Charleston residents remained near the scene hours after the shooting, many visibly upset. Family members and neighbors are questioning why Asberry was shot after he had already been tased twice.

"I saw when he hit the ground," said a witness who asked to remain anonymous. "They tased him first then they shot him twice."

Neighborhood residents said Asberry was mentally ill and on medication but described him as being harmless.

"They murdered that boy," said Lucille Clark, 51, of Charleston.

According to Trooper C.D. Parrott, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E, Charleston DPS officers responded to a report of a mentally disturbed man at about 3:09 p.m. Tuesday.

Parrott said Asberry stood back up after being tased and made an aggressive move toward the officers with a sword at which time the shots were fired.

For the complete article and more local news stories, see the Nov. 9 edition of the Standard Democrat or click here to log on to the electronic edition.