Cop Kills Armed Teen 2 Miles from Ferguson – Public Reacts Just Like You’d Expect
Breitbart News is reporting a police officer in Berkeley, Missouri shot and killed an 18-year-old man while responding to a shoplifting complaint. The man reportedly pulled a gun on the officer, who feared for his life. A short time later, protestors were on the scene rioting, smashing police cars, and throwing rocks, bricks and explosives. Berkeley is a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, where Michael Brown was shot by police in August.
A report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says:
…between 200 and 300 protesters gathered at the scene after the shooting, and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters in Berkeley, Missouri, which is two miles from Ferguson. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins (D) said on Wednesday morning that the police officer probably saved his own live by shooting the armed 18-year-old. The incident occurred while officers were responding to a shoplifting report.
The Breitbart News article continues:
According to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, “four people were arrested for assaulting officers, and at least one officer was injured when he tried to get away from some sort of firework device set off on the parking lot.” According to the New York Daily News, one “police officer was taken to the hospital with leg wounds after he was injured while trying to flee from the explosion” while “a second officer was hit in the face with a brick.” In addition, “several police cars were damaged.” A fire was reportedly started at a QuikTrip across the street from the scene before being put out.
Belmar said the 18-year-old black male “produced a pistol with his arm straight out, pointing it straight at the officer kind of from across the hood” while reportedly approaching the driver’s side of the police car. That is when the officer “who is 34 and white” and a 6-year veteran of the department department “fired what we think is three shots,” Belmar reportedly said.
Belmar said the suspect’s “defaced” 9 mm gun “had [one round] in the chamber and [five rounds] in the magazine.” The suspect, reportedly identified by his mother at the scene, “was known to police for various charges including weapons and stealing.”