Slain St. Louis officer was alone because of lack of manpower

By Clay Barbour and Patrick M. O'Connell
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Officer Down: Norvelle Brown

ST. LOUIS Mo. — When St. Louis police officer Norvelle Brown turned his squad car into a darkened alley Wednesday night, the 22-year-old rookie was on his own.

Despite being less than 11 months removed from the Police Academy, Brown was on patrol without a partner. It's a tough reality for St. Louis police, but hardly a new one, officers say.

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