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Suburban St. Louis Officer Shoots, Kills 18-Year-Old Suspect Near Ferguson

December 24, 2014  | 

An 18-year-old suspect was shot and killed Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Berkeley, Mo., convenience store after reportedly pulling a handgun and pointing it at a police officer. The incident occurred only a few miles from Ferguson and sparked a violent protest.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was responding to a report of stealing at a Mobil on the Run station about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when the deadly shooting happened, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The officer saw two men on the parking lot in the 6800 block of North Hanley Road and began talking with them.

Belmar said one of the men approached the driver's side of the vehicle.

One of the individuals "produced a pistol with his arm straight out, pointing it straight at the officer kind of from across the hood," Belmar said.

At that point, the chief said, the officer got his service weapon "and fired what we think is three shots." Belmar said one round struck the suspect, an 18-year-old black male, and one struck a tire of the police car. Police said they did not immediately know where the third round went.

The officer, who is 34 and white, is a six-year veteran of the department, Belmar said. He was placed on investigative leave, which is standard. 

Comments (8)

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UncleMike @ 12/24/2014 11:06 AM

The Officer was assaulted by a man with a pistol.
The mans color wasn't an issue. Having a pistol pointed at the Officer was the one and only issue in this case. The perps criminal record speaks for his character and intent.

Henry "Bud" Johnson @ 12/24/2014 11:24 AM

I am with "Uncle Mike." The color was not an issue. A man, armed with a pistol pointed it at an officer. The officer defended himself. I am just glad this was captured on video. So many, which includes elected and press want to stir a racial incident.

John Wilson @ 12/24/2014 11:51 AM

This sounds like a clean shoot. Officers stops two suspects. One approaches the car and points a gun at the officer, the officer shoots in self defense. Case closed. What happened to the other suspect? Have a heavy police presence ready in the event of malicious looting and arson. Make arrests and enforce a curfew in that area if necessary. Governor are you listening. Post your troops before not after the riot starts.

Leonard Mather @ 12/24/2014 12:00 PM

Asking for logic, analytics and the ability to connect the dots to make a scientific evaluation from the data is asking for a lot from people whose minds are made up. An old TV show called The Life of Riley had a common theme in which wife Peg was ALWAYS correct in her analyses, but husband Riley was ALWAYS wrong and would say, "Peg, do NOT bother me with the facts; my mind in made up." Sadly, the LEOS are like Peg and the Protesters are like Riley.

Stetson @ 12/24/2014 12:18 PM

Quite making this a black and white issue. The only issue at hand is a gun was pointed at a person (who was an officer) he did what was necessary due to a threat on him. He has a right to protect himself and go home to his family. The Media is making everything racial...It was a threat. People need to realize there are consequences to there actions and pulling a gun on anyone is going to get you shot.

Dennis @ 12/24/2014 12:42 PM

How many police officers are going to hesitate that split second because of all the negative publicity. It will cost them there life. Another criminal, regardless of color , points a gun at officer and pays the price. The officer can go home. His life will never be the same. Public opinion will put him at fault and question his decision. Why would anyone want to be PO today when the president , mayor of New York , Al Sharpton and the rest of the clowns will continually put us in bad light.

mrleatherwood @ 12/24/2014 6:20 PM

It shouldn't matter what color the suspect was period! I'm getting very tired of my Brothers in Blue taking the blunt of what happens when a suspect breaks the law or points a gun at us. We have the right to defend ourselves against harm or an innocent 3rd party from harm. It's time we take a stand for ourselves and not let little few minions scream the loudest and cause us to cower.

Real @ 12/27/2014 6:54 AM

Leave Color out of it and see if the message is still the same.....think a minute about it.....that is right it DON'T

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