An 18-year-old Black teen was shot and killed by police late Tuesday night in Berkeley, Missouri, prompting another confronation between officers and demonstrators accusing authorities of excessive use of force, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The victim was identified as Antonio Martin. Protesters accused police of failing to call for medical assistance for Martin immediately after the shooting at a local gas station.
KSDK-TV reported that, according to St. Louis County police, Martin pointed a handgun at the officer during a "business check" of the gas station.
"Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him," police said in a statement, adding that they recovered a handgun at the scene that they said belonged to Martin.
KSDK posted the statement online, which can be seen below:
Update from @stlcountypd: http://t.co/nxefc7Y9np— John Henry (@John Henry)1419410270.0
Berkeley is two miles away from Ferguson, site of the fatal shooting of another 18-year-old Black teen, Michael Brown, this past August. That shooting sparked demonstrations nationwide criticizing police tactics. The Post-Dispatch reported that around 60 people gathered at the gas station shortly after Martin's death, and posted video from the scene:
https://t.co/mArefhaCJo— Valerie Schremp Hahn 📰 (@Valerie Schremp Hahn 📰)1419408918.0
Witnesses said a flash bang went off at the gas station, and at least three protesters were arrested.
A big bang and smoke. https://t.co/wGGSYoXASm— Valerie Schremp Hahn 📰 (@Valerie Schremp Hahn 📰)1419409197.0
A livestream from the scene of the protest, as posted online by "Stackizshort," can be seen below.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story quoted a person who spoke to the Huffington Post identifying himself as a witness to the shooting. However, the person has seemingly recanted his account.