Video released in fatal shooting near Ferguson; ‘We have somebody that’s pointing a gun at a police officer’

Police released video Wednesday of the lead up to the Berkeley, Mo., confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of a black man who pointed a gun at a police offficer.

Antonio Brown, 18, was shot dead Tuesday night during an investigation at a gas station, according to the official police report. The scene is only two miles from Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death during a confrontation with police in August.

The video released shows the moments before the Berkeley shooting but stops short of the shooting itself as the man identified as Brown points what appears to be a gun at the officer.

According to Fox 2, police said a gun was found at the scene that contained five rounds.

On Wednesday, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described the shooting as a clear-cut case of self-defense.

“We have somebody that’s pointing a gun at a police officer. There’s not a lot of time,” he said. “I would imagine that most of us would feel like we were in imminent danger of losing our lives at that point. I think the officer responded with what he thought was commensurate force at the time.”

Belmar extended his condolences to Martin’s family — but placed the blame squarely on Martin.

“Our hearts go out to the decedent’s family, but bad decisions were made,” he said. “This individual could have complied, he could have ran away, he could have dropped the gun. It didn’t have to end with him approaching officers with a weapon.”

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