More Details Emerge In Second St. Louis Police Shooting Of Black Teen
Conflicting details continue to emerge about what really happened during the fatal shooting of yet another black teen at the hands of a St. Louis police officer yesterday evening.
The local police chief corroborated the story of the initial police reports this morning during a press conference on the incident, but now says the teen fired 3 shots at the officer pursuing him (last night’s reports claimed he only fired 1 shot) before being shot 17 times by the officer in return.
Wednesday’s shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. in the city’s Shaw Neighborhood, and involved an officer working a department-approved secondary job for a private security company, Police Chief Sam Dotson said at an early-morning news conference.
The officer approached a group of men. One of the men took off running, Dotson said, so the officer pursued. Dotson said the suspect approached the officer in an “aggressive” manner, with a physical altercation occurring. The man then turned and fired three rounds at the officer before his gun jammed, Dotson said.
The officer, who was not injured, returned fire, shooting 17 times and fatally wounding the man, Dotson said.
A gun was recovered at the scene. The officer was placed on administrative leave, as per department policy, police said.
However, witnesses to the shooting also claimed yesterday evening that the teen was unarmed and holding only a sandwich in his hand when he was gunned down.
So, which is it????
This story is still developing, but there’s no denying that something went terribly wrong here as these “facts” are sketchy at best.