fatal shooting

Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed after reportedly pointing a gun at a St. Charles County Police officer early March 26.

At about 2 a.m., Daniel Nolan, 32, of Arnold was shot by the officer and died on the parking lot outside Castlio Elementary School, 1020 Dingledine Road, in St. Charles County, St. Charles County Police reported.

The officer was not injured.

Nolan lived on the 4100 block of Brook Ridge Drive in Arnold, said Val Joyner, a St. Charles County Police communications officer.

Castlio Elementary is in the St. Charles County School District, which, according to the district’s website, was on spring break last week when the shooting occurred.

Joyner said Nolan called 911 and told the dispatcher he was suicidal and armed with a gun.

She said Nolan was “in obvious distress.”

An officer located Nolan, and the two talked before Nolan walked out of the officer’s line of sight. When Nolan reemerged, he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, Joyner said

The officer then shot Nolan, who was near a vehicle he drove to the school before the shooting. A gun was recovered, Joyner said.

She said the officer who responded to the call is trained and certified in the Crisis Intervention Team program. CIT is designed to improve encounters between police and people having a mental crisis, according to the program’s website.

Joyner said the officer is 46 years old and has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Police have not released the officer’s name.

Joyner said police are investigating the incident as a felonious assault on a law enforcement officer and not as “suicide by cop,” which is a term used by law enforcement to describe people who are killed after intentionally provoking police to shoot them.

Nolan’s Facebook page says he went to Francis Howell High School and operates the Handyman Dan business, which serves the greater St. Louis and St. Charles areas. The business has an Arnold address on Brook Ridge Drive.

The last post on Nolan’s Facebook page was at 10:16 p.m. March 25 and said, “I’m sorry.”

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