Webster Groves, MO – The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney has ruled the officer-involved shooting of 23-year-old Qavon Webb on Interstate 44 last year was “fully justified.”
The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on May 5, 2020 when Webster Groves Police Officer Brendan McGahan stopped to help a motorist whose vehicle appeared to be disabled in the left lane of the busy highway, KTVI reported.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell’s office said the entire incident was captured by the officer’s dashcam.
The video showed Officer McGahan approached Webb’s disabled vehicle to offer assistance and gestured for the driver to roll down his window, KTVI reported.
The prosecuting attorney’s office said dashcam video showed that Officer McGahan “approached the car holding only his flashlight in his hand, with his gun holstered at his side. As the officer approached, Mr. Webb opened his car door and began shooting at the officer almost immediately.”
The officer was shot six times, the dashcam video showed.
Officer McGahan reeled backwards and eventually dropped to the pavement.
The video showed Webb chased after the officer and circled around him pointing his gun.
All of a sudden, multiple shots can be heard on the dashcam video as Officer McGahan opened fired on his would-be killer from the ground.
“Webb’s gun ran out of bullets, he began to physically attack the officer,” the prosecuting attorney’s office said. “The officer then drew his gun and shot at Mr. Webb 13 times, hitting him four times.”
Webb was killed by a gunshot to the chest, KTVI reported.
Dashcam video showed the wounded officer applied a tourniquet to his own arm after he was shot.
Officer McGahan’s bullet-proof vest stopped a gunshot directly to his chest, KTVI reported.
The investigation of the officer-involved shooting was turned over the prosecuting attorney’s office in December of 2020 for review.
“The officer’s use of lethal force was fully justified,” Webb determined. “In fact, his use of force – and the protective gear that blocked a gunshot to his chest – saved his own life. We are thankful that the officer reacted quickly, and that his life was spared.”