18-year-old shot and killed by St. Louis area police after teen points gun at officerPosted by J Craig on December 24, 2014
BERKELEY, Mo. – A St. Louis area police officer shot and killed an armed 18-year-old late Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri.
Berkeley is just a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. where Officer Darren Wilson defended himself against a black teen who had just robbed a store and charged at him in August of last year. A grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson in Brown’s shooting death. Violent protests sparked due to the constant racial tensions that remain from the Michael Brown case.
This incident also involved a white police officer who shot a black teen, which seems to be the only reason for the protests and outrage regardless of what actually transpired. The 18-year-old Antonio Martin was armed and pointed a gun at the police officer at a gas station.
The officer was responding to a larceny call at a Mobil on the Run station about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when the shooting happened.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was questioning the 18-year-old and another man about a theft late Tuesday at a convenience store in Berkeley when the young man pulled a 9mm handgun on him. The officer stumbled backward but fired three shots, one of which struck the victim, Belmar said.
One of the individuals “produced a pistol with his arm straight out, pointing it straight at the officer kind of from across the hood,” Belmar said.
At that point, the chief said, the officer got his service revolver “and fired what we think is three shots.”
The officer who shot Martin was a six-year veteran of the Berkeley Police Department and is on administrative leave pending an investigation, Belmar said.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS units.
Police released a video from the gas station parking lot, which shows two men being questioned by the officer and near the end of the video, a figure can be seen holding what could be a gun and pointing it at the officer.
Each shooting that occurs seems to garner protesters showing up to demonstrate their hatred for police even without knowing what actually occurred. This one was no different as approximately 300 people turned out and protested, which escalated quickly and more than 50 police officers were called in.
Violent protesters threw explosive devices, fireworks, rocks and bricks at officers who showed up in riot gear.
At a news conference later Wednesday, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said “you can’t compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York.” He said the videotape showed the suspect pointing a gun at the officer. He also said that the city would conduct its own complete investigation, separate from the St. Louis County Police investigation.
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