By Jesse Byrnes - 08/19/14 03:45 PM EDT
Police on Tuesday reportedly shot and killed a man wielding a knife in north St. Louis, not far from where racially charged riots that have broken out in the suburb of Ferguson over a separate police killing.
The shooting took place after a suspect in a convenience store robbery refused to put down a knife and approached police threateningly, according to a report by the local Fox News affiliate.
More than 70 people were arrested overnight on Monday in Ferguson for failing to disperse, while two were taken in for alleged unlawful use of a weapon and another for allegedly interfering with an officer.
The trouble on Monday came after President Obama pled for calm and unity.
“It is our hope that as we continue to work for the well being of Ferguson, residents will stay home at night, allow peace to settle in, and allow for the justice process to take its course,” City of Ferguson officials said in a statement.
Ferguson has been the center of protests since the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown 10 days ago. A funeral for Brown, who an autopsy report said was shot at least six times, is scheduled for Monday.
Police and witnesses have given different accounts of what led to the shooting of Brown.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that Brown had charged Darren Wilson, the officer identified by police as the shooter. Other witnesses have argued Wilson did not act in self-defense in shooting Brown, who was unarmed.
Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderLawyer claims death threats after anti-Black Lives Matter lawsuit Adviser: Obama can’t ‘erase decades’ of racism Airbnb enlists civil rights leaders in discrimination fight MORE is scheduled to visit Ferguson on Wednesday to speak with local officials. Holder is leading the federal government’s investigation into Brown’s death.
Missouri State Patrol Capt. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonDem groups invest big in Bayh in Ind. Senate race DHS head: 750 immigrants granted accidental citizenship Johnson links Dem opponent to Clinton email scandal MORE, who is leading security efforts in Ferguson, on Tuesday reiterated calls for quiet.
“We have to bring calm to our community,” Johnson told MSNBC. “Our kids cannot stay in their bed for months and not go to school.”
Local schools have remain closed for a second week, Ferguson-Florissant School District announced Monday.
“We owe it to our children to be able to return to school and work together peacefully for Ferguson's future,” the statement calling for nighttime quiet reads; it was released by the city, The Hill confirmed.
In their release, Ferguson city officials say they are “exploring a range of actions” to make the community “feel more connected to and demonstrate the transparency of our city departments,” though few details are yet available.