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Video: Evidence Confirms Teen Fired at Off-Duty St Louis Officer

October 14, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Evidence Confirms Teen Fired at Off-Duty St Louis Officer

Gunshot residue tests and ballistics evidence indicate that 18-year-old Vonderitt D. Myers Jr. fired a gun at a St. Louis Metro police officer before being fatally shot, police and union officials said Tuesday. 

Although police officials have already said that Myers fired at least three shots at an off-duty police officer before the officer returned fire, the newly released evidence could further dispel claims by friends and family that Myers was holding a sandwich, not a gun, when he was shot. The officer, who has not been named, was working for a private security company in the Shaw neighborhood.

Myers' Oct. 8 death sparked protests in Shaw and fueled area-wide protests that have combined with the protests resulting from the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

The Missouri Highway Patrol analysis found gunshot residue on Myers' hands, on his shirt and inside the waistband and pockets of his jeans. Police said that although gunshot residue can be present on anyone near a shooting, the results show levels consistent with Myers being the shooter, because the police officer was standing too far away.

Ballistics evidence also revealed three bullets that hit the ground where the officer was trying to take cover matched Myers' gun. A round found inside a car behind the officer was too badly damaged to be able to match it to his gun, however, it did not match the type of bullets the officer fired, police said.

Several photographs showing Myers holding three guns, including one that looked like the stolen Smith & Wesson gun recovered at the scene, circulated on social media after his death. The police officer's attorney, Brian Millikan, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client recognized both Myers and the distinctive, two-tone semiautomatic in the pictures.


Comments (17)

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Concerned Citizen @ 10/14/2014 3:09 PM

You can take a Doctor to court for Malpractice, Regular Law Abiding Citizens should get together and sue the Media for Malpractice! Including officer Wilson, White Males, and anyone with Conservative Values. People being painted as "Racist" by the St. Louis River Front Times and other Media outlets. Also using your Arms as "weapons" doesn't not mean unarmed! It would be great Irony if those in the Media spreading "white hate" were raped, or murdered by the very thugs they give glory and praise to! When that happens I will have no sympathy for those scum bags who lynch innocent people and create racial tension where there is none. Since when is it "Racist" to look at circumstantial evidence, add it up and see where it leads without racial bias? Like the Zimmerman case, a large Black populist is being exploited as useful idiots and doesn't seem to care. Even when UI's are thrown away in the future after they've served their purpose.

Chuck @ 10/14/2014 3:14 PM

That poor baby is innocent. He sings in the church choir and mows his grandmother's lawn every Sunday afternoon. Not!!!!!!! If you point a gun at a police officer you can expect to be shot, if you pull a gun on a police officer you should expect to get shot. Why are some people really effing stupid. I support this officer 100%. Stay strong my brother's and god bless

westcoastleo @ 10/14/2014 3:39 PM

"""Evidence could further dispel claims by friends and family that Myers was holding a sandwich, not a gun""" "Could?" It SHOULD!

But no matter how you slice it,,the savages in MO. wont be happy... You can have audio and video coverage from beginning to end and the other savages in that town and state will always cause a stink.. They will burn, riot and loot to get their way...

Tschako @ 10/14/2014 4:36 PM

It really doesn't matter anymore. Nothing anyone says matters to these cretins,(except what Al and Jesse says). They are rioting anyway, and will continue to do so.

Tschako @ 10/14/2014 4:40 PM

Concerned Citizen: I've seen ultra-liberals victimized by simple burglaries and car crashes, and they've done a 180 turn and become the biggest racist rednecks you've ever seen. It's rather humorous to watch.

UncleMike @ 10/14/2014 4:44 PM

It's too bad that the kid had to die but he was raised to meet that end.
His parents saw to it.
His "friends" saw to it.
Rev's Sharpton, and Jackson saw to it.
Messrs Holder and Obama saw to it.
The Liberal "intellectuals" and their Progressive agenda saw to it.
That kid was executed by his upbringing, or lack thereof.

Alex @ 10/14/2014 5:05 PM

Guys, guys, the article has it all wrong. He didn't fire a gun at officers, he fired a "sandwich". Remember?

Capt.Crunch @ 10/14/2014 5:55 PM

@ UncleMike, you are right on the money. These people do not know how to raise children or enjoy life. And before you call me a racist, I am talking about black militants.

Tom Ret @ 10/14/2014 6:05 PM

Family of deceased will claim powder residue was actually mustard from ham sandwich. Sharpton will claim black youngster, in prime of life, was
gunned down by trigger happy cop for simply eating a sandwich and being black. Mob will buy the mustard argument and riot.

Nightstalker @ 10/14/2014 8:32 PM

Why does the blacks always say the white boys always holding them down in life as most holdups are done by the nice black boy wearing baggy pants and a nice red baseball cap on side ways!!!

TheRookie @ 10/15/2014 1:34 AM

They just keep a stacking up. These innocent, squeaky clean, college bound young men who wouldn't hurt a fly let alone a human being. The neighborhood Gangsta Hood Guns Family just keep jumping into waste bands and/or pockets for a free ride to town. And damn since most Gangsta Hood Guns hate L.E. they sprout them legs, arms, heads and jump out at the most inopportune times trying to shoot their enemies the PoPo. It's not the young boyz faults. They're just trying to do what Rodney King said, "Can't We All Just Get Along."

I'm being extremely sarcastic but call it for what it is. They're 18 or older Adult Men who are THUGGS. Plain & Simple. They are out to do dope, rob, hurt, & kill people. Period! Same goes with a Radical Jihadist Islamic Muslims. Stop the PC BS because it's going to get fine Officers KIA.

ftrnr @ 10/15/2014 3:23 AM

To the officer: Stay strong brother!

Why have I never heard, "The hard working BLACK officer was gunned down by a thoughtless, racist black drug dealing, gun carrying thug." People, it isn't about black and white, it is about right and wrong. If you steal some guns and use them to shoot at the police, expect to get shot; doesn't matter if you are black or white, male or female, old or young. When did it become part of our job to let people shoot at us? If that officer was a bank teller, the world would be shocked and people would call him the victim. The officer was the victim here, he was attacked and then shot at by a criminal, multiple times. He acted in self-defense; and unfortunately a useless thug got shot and killed.

John @ 10/15/2014 4:32 AM

Wow....GSR! Imagine that.....I think they planted it on this fine pillar of the community so that the pouleeece could murder him...sic His "mother" testified that he only had a "sam'itch" in his hand......oh know, the "mother" and media lied......say it isn't so? We need Piers or Anderson to sort all of this out! Or, perhaps Afflec.....Evil POULEEECE! ( I'm being sarcastic for those who don't know me) I suppose the'lil Goblin bought and paid for what he got! I'm glad our brother in Blue survived! Lets see how this pans out for him in a real court, not CNN God bless brothers and sisters!
Take care of one another and watch 'yer six!!!!
26 years on the job!!!!

Tom @ 10/15/2014 7:53 AM

Black / white/ it does not matter. If you point a gun at a police officer you may get shot. If you shoot at a police offier, he will shoot back. What is wrong with people, that they can't comprehend this simple principal. I am glad that the officer is OK, and I am glad that we don't have another funeral for a brother in blue, by some gangsta nit wit with a gun.

Be safe brother.

Bill @ 10/15/2014 8:16 AM

That's a funny looking sandwich.

Tschako @ 10/15/2014 12:29 PM

I think it was a pair of sandwiches.

Bo2234 @ 10/15/2014 3:15 PM

It was a sandwich that he chewed into the shape of a gun...(Maryland residents will get this)

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