An officer with the Berkeley, Mo., Police Department shot and killed an armed, black teenager in apparent self-defense Tuesday night, according to St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman.
Making matters more tense, Berkeley is close to Ferguson where black teen Michael Brown was shot during an altercation with former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.
The teen involved in Tuesday’s shooting was identified by his mother, Toni Martin, as Antonio Martin, 18.
According to the officer’s report, the incident occurred during a routine check at a Mobil gas station.
When the officer approached the vehicle, Martin pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer. That’s when the policeman fired at the teen several times, killing him.
A second man who was with the teen ran from the scene.
Martin was on his way to see his girlfriend, his mother told KMOV.
She said her son had been expelled from school but was working on getting his life back together and she was encouraging him to join Job Corps, KMOV reported.
His father, Jerome Green, also spoke with KMOV.
“He was supposed to come home,” he said. “We’re getting ready for holiday. Everyone wanted to see him. My grandmother hadn’t seen him for a while.”
Protesters began demonstrating shortly after the shooting Tuesday, with at least one scuffle breaking out.
“At one point, an explosive device, like a large firecracker or firework, was thrown into the middle of the fight and exploded. That kind of scattered a lot of people,” photographer Dave Carson told CNN.
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