Antonio Martin Shooting: Police And Protesters Clash Over Teenager's Death Just 5 Miles From Ferguson, Missouri

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What We Know So Far

  • A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night after he allegedly pointed a gun at him.
  • The shooting happened just miles from where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over the investigation.

Updates

Posted at 11:26 a.m., Dec. 24

Berkeley’s mayor says the shooting can’t be compared to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s in New York.

Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins on Wednesday emphasized that the previous night’s shooting was very different from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“You couldn’t even compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York,” Hoskins said at a press conference.

He stressed that the video recorded by surveillance cameras at the Mobil parking lot will be used two independent investigations: one by the City of Berkeley, the other by the St. Louis County Police Department independently, Hoskins said.

“Our goal is to project the truth to the residents,” he said.

When pressed to explain how this case differs from that of Brown’s and Garner’s, Hoskins said it appears the 18-year-old victim was the one that initiated the confrontation.

“Some people die because police initiate it. Some people die because they initiate it. At this point, our review indicated that the police did not initiate this,” he said.

He also went on to say that Berkeley’s police force is predominantly African-American, unlike Ferguson’s.

“Well, we have a majority of black officers in our city,” he said. “The major is black. The city manager is black. The finance director is black. The police chief is black … our experience is different.”

The mayor also said he wasn’t bothered that the dashboard camera and police body camera were not activated during the incident because the technology is relatively new to the department and officers aren’t fully trained in it.

“It would have been helpful and in the future there will be a severe penalty for an officer that doesn’t turn it on,” he said.

Posted at 10:27 a.m., Dec. 24

Antonio Martin’s mother said her son “was not a violent person.”

Toni Martin-Green spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“This doesn’t make any sense for them to kill my son line this,” Toni Martin-Green said early Wednesday from her home located near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. “I am trying to be calm.”
“In the last year, he was really trying to find who he was. He was ready to take the world on,” the father said. “He knew he had parents who loved him. He had that support.”

“He was not a violent person, to our knowledge,” he added. “Around us there weren’t any pistols. It’s hard to believe that.”

Posted at 9:20 a.m., Dec. 24

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, at a news conference on Wednesday morning, said an armed teen drew his gun at a Berkeley police officer, bringing on the fatal gunfire.

<div><div>What We Know So Far</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night after he allegedly pointed a gun at him.</li><li>The shooting happened just miles from where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.</li><li>The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over the investigation.</li></ul><div><br></div><div><b>Updates</b></div></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><i>Posted at 11:26 a.m., Dec. 24</i></div><div><br></div><div><div>Berkeley’s mayor says the shooting can’t be compared to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s in New York.</div><div><br></div><div>Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins on Wednesday emphasized that the previous night’s shooting was very different from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.</div><div><br></div><div>“You couldn’t even compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York,” Hoskins said at a press conference.</div><div><br></div><div>He stressed that the video recorded by surveillance cameras at the Mobil parking lot will be used two independent investigations: one by the City of Berkeley, the other by the St. Louis County Police Department independently, Hoskins said.</div><div><br></div><div>“Our goal is to project the truth to the residents,” he said.</div><div><br></div><div>When pressed to explain how this case differs from that of Brown’s and Garner’s, Hoskins said it appears the 18-year-old victim was the one that initiated the confrontation.</div><div><br></div><div>“Some people die because police initiate it. Some people die because they initiate it. At this point, our review indicated that the police did not initiate this,” he said.</div><div><br></div><div>He also went on to say that Berkeley’s police force is predominantly African-American, unlike Ferguson’s.</div><div><br></div><div>“Well, we have a majority of black officers in our city,” he said. “The major is black. The city manager is black. The finance director is black. The police chief is black … our experience is different.”</div><div><br></div><div>The mayor also said he wasn’t bothered that the dashboard camera and police body camera were not activated during the incident because the technology is relatively new to the department and officers aren’t fully trained in it.</div><div><br></div><div>“It would have been helpful and in the future there will be a severe penalty for an officer that doesn’t turn it on,” he said.</div></div><div><br></div><div><i>Posted at 10:27 a.m., Dec. 24</i></div><div><br></div><div><div>Antonio Martin’s mother <a href=said her son “was not a violent person.”

Toni Martin-Green spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“This doesn’t make any sense for them to kill my son line this,” Toni Martin-Green said early Wednesday from her home located near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. “I am trying to be calm.”
“In the last year, he was really trying to find who he was. He was ready to take the world on,” the father said. “He knew he had parents who loved him. He had that support.”

“He was not a violent person, to our knowledge,” he added. “Around us there weren’t any pistols. It’s hard to believe that.”

Posted at 9:20 a.m., Dec. 24

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, at a news conference on Wednesday morning, said an armed teen drew his gun at a Berkeley police officer, bringing on the fatal gunfire.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar AP/Jeff Roberson

St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar on Wednesday morning laid out the sequence of events in the shooting of an armed teenager.

The 34-year-old police officer responded to a call about a robbery at a Mobil gas station at approximately 11:15 p.m. It is unknown if the call originated from the gas station or if the victim was the suspect of the robbery.

When the officer arrived, he called over two individuals whom he saw in the parking lot. They approached his cruiser.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was talking to one of the men as another moved away.

The officer, who is white, began talking to the other person, who was standing near the front passenger side headlight of the police cruiser. The officer was near the front driver’s side wheel.

The person across the hood drew a gun and raised it toward the police officer, Belmar said, demonstrating the motion with his arm.

The police officer fired three shots as he moved back, lost his balance, and fell to the ground. One bullet struck the suspect, another hit the tire, and the third bullet is unaccounted for. Belmar said it appears that all three shots came from the officer’s weapon and that no other shots were fired.

The 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The police chief said the victim was known to law enforcement with a record of assault and firearm offenses.

Belmar said there are two witnesses from the parking lot — unaffiliated with the two men the officer spoke to — and they are trying to identify the other person who was with the victim. That person fled the scene.

During the press conference, Belmar showed video footage of the incident, captured by cameras at the Mobil parking lot. The video cuts as the 18-year-old male draws his gun and points it toward the officer.

“The video goes on but there is no reason for the family of this young man to see the rest of the video,” Belmar said.

The police car was equipped with a dashboard camera, but it was not on because the police cruiser’s emergency lights were not activated. The police officer was also given a body cam by a supervisor earlier in his shift, but he had not put it on.

“It’s the imperfection of the technology that we have,” Belmar said. “We’re not used to having it all the time.”

Following the shooting, approximately 200 to 300 people gathered at the gas station to protest. Belmar said the protesters threw bricks at officers and deployed three explosive devices, possibly packed fireworks, near the gas pump. Four people were arrested by the Berkeley Police Department for assaulting officers. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Belmar said he understood that emotions were running high for the protesters but emphasized the danger of brining explosive devices to a gas station.

The police officer will be placed on administrative leave until he consults a psychiatrist and until he feels fit to return to duty, Belmar said.

“What we’re really trying to do is try to be as transparent as we possibly can,” Belmar said. “We really want the community to understand this, too.”

Posted at 8:01 a.m., Dec. 24

Here’s video of the events leading up to the shooting. The St. Louis County police said that at the very end, a man on the left can be seen raising his hand at the officer. He was allegedly holding a gun, police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Schellman said.


Posted at 7:57 a.m., Dec. 24

Watch a news conference with St. Louis County police officials here.

Posted at 7:36 a.m., Dec. 24


Posted at 7:35 a.m., Dec. 24


Posted at 2:13 a.m., Dec. 24
Police try to control a crowd Wednesday in the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson

A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night.

St. Louis County Police told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the shooting happened at a Mobil Gas Station on Hanley Road. At about 11:30 p.m., an officer was doing a routine business check at the the gas station when he saw “two male subjects on the side of the building,” police say. As the officer approached the men one of them reportedly pulled out a handgun.

“Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” the statement said. “The second subject fled the scene.”

Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, the statement added.

Police did not confirm the identify of the man who was shot, but Toni Martin identified him to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as her 18-year-old son, Antonio Martin.

When asked about surveillance footage of the incident, police told BuzzFeed News that they were meeting early Wednesday morning to assess what they had.

Berkeley lies just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed in August.

Police photograph a gun on the ground Wednesday following a shooting Tuesday at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

A large crowd gathered at the gas station after the shooting.

The crowd — which witnesses in a live video stream said included at least 100 people — gathered along a police line that surrounded the gas station. Rumors about the shooting circulated widely about the shooting, and and witnesses in a live stream could be heard yelling “why the fuck he still on the ground?”




Tensions boiled over at several points into fights with police and looting of a nearby Quik Trip convenience store. A small explosive went off during the fight, and several people were later held by police.

People are detained early Wednesday at the scene of a police shooting in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson



Antonio Martin’s mother, Toni Martin, was at the scene of the shooting and spoke with Post-Dispatch reporter Valerie Schremp Hahn.

Images from the scene appeared to show Toni Martin and other family members grieving at the scene.




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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar AP/Jeff Roberson

St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar on Wednesday morning laid out the sequence of events in the shooting of an armed teenager.

The 34-year-old police officer responded to a call about a robbery at a Mobil gas station at approximately 11:15 p.m. It is unknown if the call originated from the gas station or if the victim was the suspect of the robbery.

When the officer arrived, he called over two individuals whom he saw in the parking lot. They approached his cruiser.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was talking to one of the men as another moved away.

The officer, who is white, began talking to the other person, who was standing near the front passenger side headlight of the police cruiser. The officer was near the front driver’s side wheel.

The person across the hood drew a gun and raised it toward the police officer, Belmar said, demonstrating the motion with his arm.

The police officer fired three shots as he moved back, lost his balance, and fell to the ground. One bullet struck the suspect, another hit the tire, and the third bullet is unaccounted for. Belmar said it appears that all three shots came from the officer’s weapon and that no other shots were fired.

The 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The police chief said the victim was known to law enforcement with a record of assault and firearm offenses.

Belmar said there are two witnesses from the parking lot — unaffiliated with the two men the officer spoke to — and they are trying to identify the other person who was with the victim. That person fled the scene.

During the press conference, Belmar showed video footage of the incident, captured by cameras at the Mobil parking lot. The video cuts as the 18-year-old male draws his gun and points it toward the officer.

“The video goes on but there is no reason for the family of this young man to see the rest of the video,” Belmar said.

The police car was equipped with a dashboard camera, but it was not on because the police cruiser’s emergency lights were not activated. The police officer was also given a body cam by a supervisor earlier in his shift, but he had not put it on.

“It’s the imperfection of the technology that we have,” Belmar said. “We’re not used to having it all the time.”

Following the shooting, approximately 200 to 300 people gathered at the gas station to protest. Belmar said the protesters threw bricks at officers and deployed three explosive devices, possibly packed fireworks, near the gas pump. Four people were arrested by the Berkeley Police Department for assaulting officers. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Belmar said he understood that emotions were running high for the protesters but emphasized the danger of brining explosive devices to a gas station.

The police officer will be placed on administrative leave until he consults a psychiatrist and until he feels fit to return to duty, Belmar said.

“What we’re really trying to do is try to be as transparent as we possibly can,” Belmar said. “We really want the community to understand this, too.”

Posted at 8:01 a.m., Dec. 24

Here’s video of the events leading up to the shooting. The St. Louis County police said that at the very end, a man on the left can be seen raising his hand at the officer. He was allegedly holding a gun, police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Schellman said.

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Posted at 7:57 a.m., Dec. 24

Watch a news conference with St. Louis County police officials here.

Posted at 7:36 a.m., Dec. 24


Posted at 7:35 a.m., Dec. 24


Posted at 2:13 a.m., Dec. 24
<div><div>What We Know So Far</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night after he allegedly pointed a gun at him.</li><li>The shooting happened just miles from where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.</li><li>The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over the investigation.</li></ul><div><br></div><div><b>Updates</b></div></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><i>Posted at 11:26 a.m., Dec. 24</i></div><div><br></div><div><div>Berkeley’s mayor says the shooting can’t be compared to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s in New York.</div><div><br></div><div>Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins on Wednesday emphasized that the previous night’s shooting was very different from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.</div><div><br></div><div>“You couldn’t even compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York,” Hoskins said at a press conference.</div><div><br></div><div>He stressed that the video recorded by surveillance cameras at the Mobil parking lot will be used two independent investigations: one by the City of Berkeley, the other by the St. Louis County Police Department independently, Hoskins said.</div><div><br></div><div>“Our goal is to project the truth to the residents,” he said.</div><div><br></div><div>When pressed to explain how this case differs from that of Brown’s and Garner’s, Hoskins said it appears the 18-year-old victim was the one that initiated the confrontation.</div><div><br></div><div>“Some people die because police initiate it. Some people die because they initiate it. At this point, our review indicated that the police did not initiate this,” he said.</div><div><br></div><div>He also went on to say that Berkeley’s police force is predominantly African-American, unlike Ferguson’s.</div><div><br></div><div>“Well, we have a majority of black officers in our city,” he said. “The major is black. The city manager is black. The finance director is black. The police chief is black … our experience is different.”</div><div><br></div><div>The mayor also said he wasn’t bothered that the dashboard camera and police body camera were not activated during the incident because the technology is relatively new to the department and officers aren’t fully trained in it.</div><div><br></div><div>“It would have been helpful and in the future there will be a severe penalty for an officer that doesn’t turn it on,” he said.</div></div><div><br></div><div><i>Posted at 10:27 a.m., Dec. 24</i></div><div><br></div><div><div>Antonio Martin’s mother <a href=said her son “was not a violent person.”

Toni Martin-Green spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“This doesn’t make any sense for them to kill my son line this,” Toni Martin-Green said early Wednesday from her home located near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. “I am trying to be calm.”
“In the last year, he was really trying to find who he was. He was ready to take the world on,” the father said. “He knew he had parents who loved him. He had that support.”

“He was not a violent person, to our knowledge,” he added. “Around us there weren’t any pistols. It’s hard to believe that.”

Posted at 9:20 a.m., Dec. 24

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, at a news conference on Wednesday morning, said an armed teen drew his gun at a Berkeley police officer, bringing on the fatal gunfire.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar AP/Jeff Roberson

St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar on Wednesday morning laid out the sequence of events in the shooting of an armed teenager.

The 34-year-old police officer responded to a call about a robbery at a Mobil gas station at approximately 11:15 p.m. It is unknown if the call originated from the gas station or if the victim was the suspect of the robbery.

When the officer arrived, he called over two individuals whom he saw in the parking lot. They approached his cruiser.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was talking to one of the men as another moved away.

The officer, who is white, began talking to the other person, who was standing near the front passenger side headlight of the police cruiser. The officer was near the front driver’s side wheel.

The person across the hood drew a gun and raised it toward the police officer, Belmar said, demonstrating the motion with his arm.

The police officer fired three shots as he moved back, lost his balance, and fell to the ground. One bullet struck the suspect, another hit the tire, and the third bullet is unaccounted for. Belmar said it appears that all three shots came from the officer’s weapon and that no other shots were fired.

The 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The police chief said the victim was known to law enforcement with a record of assault and firearm offenses.

Belmar said there are two witnesses from the parking lot — unaffiliated with the two men the officer spoke to — and they are trying to identify the other person who was with the victim. That person fled the scene.

During the press conference, Belmar showed video footage of the incident, captured by cameras at the Mobil parking lot. The video cuts as the 18-year-old male draws his gun and points it toward the officer.

“The video goes on but there is no reason for the family of this young man to see the rest of the video,” Belmar said.

The police car was equipped with a dashboard camera, but it was not on because the police cruiser’s emergency lights were not activated. The police officer was also given a body cam by a supervisor earlier in his shift, but he had not put it on.

“It’s the imperfection of the technology that we have,” Belmar said. “We’re not used to having it all the time.”

Following the shooting, approximately 200 to 300 people gathered at the gas station to protest. Belmar said the protesters threw bricks at officers and deployed three explosive devices, possibly packed fireworks, near the gas pump. Four people were arrested by the Berkeley Police Department for assaulting officers. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Belmar said he understood that emotions were running high for the protesters but emphasized the danger of brining explosive devices to a gas station.

The police officer will be placed on administrative leave until he consults a psychiatrist and until he feels fit to return to duty, Belmar said.

“What we’re really trying to do is try to be as transparent as we possibly can,” Belmar said. “We really want the community to understand this, too.”

Posted at 8:01 a.m., Dec. 24

Here’s video of the events leading up to the shooting. The St. Louis County police said that at the very end, a man on the left can be seen raising his hand at the officer. He was allegedly holding a gun, police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Schellman said.

youtube.com

Posted at 7:57 a.m., Dec. 24

Watch a news conference with St. Louis County police officials here.

Posted at 7:36 a.m., Dec. 24


Posted at 7:35 a.m., Dec. 24


Posted at 2:13 a.m., Dec. 24
Police try to control a crowd Wednesday in the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson

A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night.

St. Louis County Police told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the shooting happened at a Mobil Gas Station on Hanley Road. At about 11:30 p.m., an officer was doing a routine business check at the the gas station when he saw “two male subjects on the side of the building,” police say. As the officer approached the men one of them reportedly pulled out a handgun.

“Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” the statement said. “The second subject fled the scene.”

Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, the statement added.

Police did not confirm the identify of the man who was shot, but Toni Martin identified him to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as her 18-year-old son, Antonio Martin.

When asked about surveillance footage of the incident, police told BuzzFeed News that they were meeting early Wednesday morning to assess what they had.

Berkeley lies just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed in August.

Police photograph a gun on the ground Wednesday following a shooting Tuesday at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

A large crowd gathered at the gas station after the shooting.

The crowd — which witnesses in a live video stream said included at least 100 people — gathered along a police line that surrounded the gas station. Rumors about the shooting circulated widely about the shooting, and and witnesses in a live stream could be heard yelling “why the fuck he still on the ground?”

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Tensions boiled over at several points into fights with police and looting of a nearby Quik Trip convenience store. A small explosive went off during the fight, and several people were later held by police.

People are detained early Wednesday at the scene of a police shooting in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson


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Antonio Martin’s mother, Toni Martin, was at the scene of the shooting and spoke with Post-Dispatch reporter Valerie Schremp Hahn.

Images from the scene appeared to show Toni Martin and other family members grieving at the scene.


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A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night.

St. Louis County Police told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the shooting happened at a Mobil Gas Station on Hanley Road. At about 11:30 p.m., an officer was doing a routine business check at the the gas station when he saw “two male subjects on the side of the building,” police say. As the officer approached the men one of them reportedly pulled out a handgun.

“Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” the statement said. “The second subject fled the scene.”

Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, the statement added.

Police did not confirm the identify of the man who was shot, but Toni Martin identified him to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as her 18-year-old son, Antonio Martin.

When asked about surveillance footage of the incident, police told BuzzFeed News that they were meeting early Wednesday morning to assess what they had.

Berkeley lies just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed in August.

<div><div>What We Know So Far</div><div><br></div><div><ul><li>A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night after he allegedly pointed a gun at him.</li><li>The shooting happened just miles from where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.</li><li>The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over the investigation.</li></ul><div><br></div><div><b>Updates</b></div></div><div><b><br></b></div><div><i>Posted at 11:26 a.m., Dec. 24</i></div><div><br></div><div><div>Berkeley’s mayor says the shooting can’t be compared to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s in New York.</div><div><br></div><div>Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins on Wednesday emphasized that the previous night’s shooting was very different from the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.</div><div><br></div><div>“You couldn’t even compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York,” Hoskins said at a press conference.</div><div><br></div><div>He stressed that the video recorded by surveillance cameras at the Mobil parking lot will be used two independent investigations: one by the City of Berkeley, the other by the St. Louis County Police Department independently, Hoskins said.</div><div><br></div><div>“Our goal is to project the truth to the residents,” he said.</div><div><br></div><div>When pressed to explain how this case differs from that of Brown’s and Garner’s, Hoskins said it appears the 18-year-old victim was the one that initiated the confrontation.</div><div><br></div><div>“Some people die because police initiate it. Some people die because they initiate it. At this point, our review indicated that the police did not initiate this,” he said.</div><div><br></div><div>He also went on to say that Berkeley’s police force is predominantly African-American, unlike Ferguson’s.</div><div><br></div><div>“Well, we have a majority of black officers in our city,” he said. “The major is black. The city manager is black. The finance director is black. The police chief is black … our experience is different.”</div><div><br></div><div>The mayor also said he wasn’t bothered that the dashboard camera and police body camera were not activated during the incident because the technology is relatively new to the department and officers aren’t fully trained in it.</div><div><br></div><div>“It would have been helpful and in the future there will be a severe penalty for an officer that doesn’t turn it on,” he said.</div></div><div><br></div><div><i>Posted at 10:27 a.m., Dec. 24</i></div><div><br></div><div><div>Antonio Martin’s mother <a href=said her son “was not a violent person.”

Toni Martin-Green spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“This doesn’t make any sense for them to kill my son line this,” Toni Martin-Green said early Wednesday from her home located near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. “I am trying to be calm.”
“In the last year, he was really trying to find who he was. He was ready to take the world on,” the father said. “He knew he had parents who loved him. He had that support.”

“He was not a violent person, to our knowledge,” he added. “Around us there weren’t any pistols. It’s hard to believe that.”

Posted at 9:20 a.m., Dec. 24

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, at a news conference on Wednesday morning, said an armed teen drew his gun at a Berkeley police officer, bringing on the fatal gunfire.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar AP/Jeff Roberson

St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar on Wednesday morning laid out the sequence of events in the shooting of an armed teenager.

The 34-year-old police officer responded to a call about a robbery at a Mobil gas station at approximately 11:15 p.m. It is unknown if the call originated from the gas station or if the victim was the suspect of the robbery.

When the officer arrived, he called over two individuals whom he saw in the parking lot. They approached his cruiser.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was talking to one of the men as another moved away.

The officer, who is white, began talking to the other person, who was standing near the front passenger side headlight of the police cruiser. The officer was near the front driver’s side wheel.

The person across the hood drew a gun and raised it toward the police officer, Belmar said, demonstrating the motion with his arm.

The police officer fired three shots as he moved back, lost his balance, and fell to the ground. One bullet struck the suspect, another hit the tire, and the third bullet is unaccounted for. Belmar said it appears that all three shots came from the officer’s weapon and that no other shots were fired.

The 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The police chief said the victim was known to law enforcement with a record of assault and firearm offenses.

Belmar said there are two witnesses from the parking lot — unaffiliated with the two men the officer spoke to — and they are trying to identify the other person who was with the victim. That person fled the scene.

During the press conference, Belmar showed video footage of the incident, captured by cameras at the Mobil parking lot. The video cuts as the 18-year-old male draws his gun and points it toward the officer.

“The video goes on but there is no reason for the family of this young man to see the rest of the video,” Belmar said.

The police car was equipped with a dashboard camera, but it was not on because the police cruiser’s emergency lights were not activated. The police officer was also given a body cam by a supervisor earlier in his shift, but he had not put it on.

“It’s the imperfection of the technology that we have,” Belmar said. “We’re not used to having it all the time.”

Following the shooting, approximately 200 to 300 people gathered at the gas station to protest. Belmar said the protesters threw bricks at officers and deployed three explosive devices, possibly packed fireworks, near the gas pump. Four people were arrested by the Berkeley Police Department for assaulting officers. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Belmar said he understood that emotions were running high for the protesters but emphasized the danger of brining explosive devices to a gas station.

The police officer will be placed on administrative leave until he consults a psychiatrist and until he feels fit to return to duty, Belmar said.

“What we’re really trying to do is try to be as transparent as we possibly can,” Belmar said. “We really want the community to understand this, too.”

Posted at 8:01 a.m., Dec. 24

Here’s video of the events leading up to the shooting. The St. Louis County police said that at the very end, a man on the left can be seen raising his hand at the officer. He was allegedly holding a gun, police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Schellman said.

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Posted at 7:57 a.m., Dec. 24

Watch a news conference with St. Louis County police officials here.

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Police try to control a crowd Wednesday in the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson

A police officer in Berkeley, Missouri, shot and killed an 18-year-old man late Tuesday night.

St. Louis County Police told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the shooting happened at a Mobil Gas Station on Hanley Road. At about 11:30 p.m., an officer was doing a routine business check at the the gas station when he saw “two male subjects on the side of the building,” police say. As the officer approached the men one of them reportedly pulled out a handgun.

“Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” the statement said. “The second subject fled the scene.”

Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, the statement added.

Police did not confirm the identify of the man who was shot, but Toni Martin identified him to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as her 18-year-old son, Antonio Martin.

When asked about surveillance footage of the incident, police told BuzzFeed News that they were meeting early Wednesday morning to assess what they had.

Berkeley lies just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed in August.

Police photograph a gun on the ground Wednesday following a shooting Tuesday at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

A large crowd gathered at the gas station after the shooting.

The crowd — which witnesses in a live video stream said included at least 100 people — gathered along a police line that surrounded the gas station. Rumors about the shooting circulated widely about the shooting, and and witnesses in a live stream could be heard yelling “why the fuck he still on the ground?”

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Tensions boiled over at several points into fights with police and looting of a nearby Quik Trip convenience store. A small explosive went off during the fight, and several people were later held by police.

People are detained early Wednesday at the scene of a police shooting in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson


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Antonio Martin’s mother, Toni Martin, was at the scene of the shooting and spoke with Post-Dispatch reporter Valerie Schremp Hahn.

Images from the scene appeared to show Toni Martin and other family members grieving at the scene.


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Police photograph a gun on the ground Wednesday following a shooting Tuesday at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

A large crowd gathered at the gas station after the shooting.

The crowd — which witnesses in a live video stream said included at least 100 people — gathered along a police line that surrounded the gas station. Rumors about the shooting circulated widely about the shooting, and and witnesses in a live stream could be heard yelling “why the fuck he still on the ground?”

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Tensions boiled over at several points into fights with police and looting of a nearby Quik Trip convenience store. A small explosive went off during the fight, and several people were later held by police.

People are detained early Wednesday at the scene of a police shooting in Berkeley, Missouri. AP David Carson


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Antonio Martin’s mother, Toni Martin, was at the scene of the shooting and spoke with Post-Dispatch reporter Valerie Schremp Hahn.

Images from the scene appeared to show Toni Martin and other family members grieving at the scene.


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