Carrollton police shoot man after alleged confrontation on Saturday night

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Media reports indicate a Carrollton police officer Saturday night shot a man whom police say approached them with a handgun while they were investigating a complaint about a loose dog.

The Missouri Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, said police were called to a residence in the 300 block of East Third Street at Carrollton about 10:15 p.m.

According to a Division of Drug and Crime Control spokesman, two officers were preparing to issue a citation to 69-year-old David Blair when he allegedly approached them and told them he had a gun.

Blair is also alleged to have refused to obey commands to drop the weapon.  One of the police officers then shot Blair, who was struck at least once.  He was flown to University Hospital in Columbia, with a Sunday update putting Blair was serious condition.

The Carrollton Police officer who fired was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. This is described as standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.  Carrollton Police do wear body cameras, although the footage from Saturday night’s incident will not be released until the investigation concludes.