Antonio Martin 18, Shot Dead By Police Near Ferguson
A teenager Antonio Martin 18, was fatally shot by police at a gas station early Wednesday morning just two miles west of Ferguson, MO., where unarmed an black teenager, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson last August.
Update 12/24 7:30am – Here’s a summary of the main points from St Louis police chief Jon Belmar’s press conference: A 34 year old white officer, who had six years experience, encountered two suspects at the Mobil gas station after responding to a report of a theft. He didn’t know that one of the men was armed. The officer fired three shots after the victim raised a pistol at arm’s length. Surveillance video from the Mobil station appears to support the police version of events. Only one of the shots hit the victim. No shots were fired by the victim’s “defaced” 9mm pistol.
The St. Louis County Police Department is handling the investigation and has recovered the gun they say belonged to Martin. It is being reported that a second gun man fled the scene.
Surveillance video has been released by St Louis police:
A woman identified as Martin’s mother, Toni Martin arrived at the scene and could be heard sobbing “That’s my baby!” after she confirms that her son was the victim that was shot by police.
Martin’s mother said, Antonio Martin was on his way to meet his girlfriend when the fatal encounter with cops happened. She said, that her son was not carrying a gun and accused the police of “messing” with her son and a friend.
She said, Antonio had turned 18 in September, used to attend nearby Jennings High School and she was trying to get him enrolled in the Jobs Corps employment program.
St Louis Police requested “crowd control” officers within minutes of the shooting. The officer gives the time of the request as 11:35pm, about 20 minutes after police said the shooting took place.
Antonio Martin Shooting Dispatch:
A large angry crowd of about 200 gathered within hours at near the scene of the shooting at Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. The shooting set off angry clashes between demonstrators and police. It is being reported that protesters are smashing police cruisers, fighting and scuffling, and a nearby highway is blocked with cars. “Trash cans are on fire” and people are being arrested.
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