Transgender woman killed by police after allegedly slashing officer

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis transgender woman was killed by police after allegedly slashing one person and slashing at police when they arrived at her apartment.

From the Riverfront Times:

Police described the dead suspect as a 30-year-old black man, but friends at a vigil last night told reporters that Kenneth “Kiwi” Herring identified as a woman. Two officers confronted Herring inside a two-family flat in the city’s Academy neighborhood following an 8 a.m. report of a domestic dispute.

When police arrived they found a 30-year-old man who had been badly cut across his face, arms and torso, authorities say. Interim police Chief Lawrence O’Toole told reporters that Herring was armed with a large kitchen knife and swung at officers, wounding one before both officers opened fire.

“The suspect flourished a knife and slashed at the officers, slicing one officer on the arm,” O’Toole said at a news conference. “The officers fired and shot and killed the suspect.”

There was a vigil outside the apartment on Tuesday night in memory of Herring, the newspaper reported.