The Missouri State Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into a fatal shooting by a southeast Missouri police officer.

Patrol Cpl. Clark Parrott says the shooting occurred Friday at a Poplar Bluff apartment building. Officers were responding to a report of a stabbing at an apartment when they confronted the suspect in a hallway. Parrott says the man, 22-year-old Thurrell Jowers of Doniphan, charged officers with a knife and one officer shot him.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports a 50-year-old man who had been stabbed before the shooting was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital for treatment. His name has not been released.

Parrott says investigators have not determined a motive for the stabbing.

Terry Patton