Report: St. Louis Cop Shot Unarmed Teen After Alleged Gun Struggle

Before he was shot, the 18-year-old student reportedly struggled for an officer’s gun inside a patrol car.

Louis Head, stepfather of St. Louis, Mo., shooting victim Michael Brown, 18, took to the streets in protest Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Louis Head, stepfather of St. Louis, Mo., shooting victim Michael Brown, 18, took to the streets in protest Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Twitter

Updated Sunday, Aug. 10, 12:45 p.m. EDT: The unarmed teen killed Saturday by a police officer in suburban St. Louis, Mo., allegedly engaged in an initial struggle for an officer’s gun inside a patrol car, officials said Sunday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The shooting of Michael Brown, who was set to start college Monday, sparked a night of unrest in Ferguson, a suburb just outside of St. Louis, the report says.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said during a Sunday morning news conference, “One shot was fired by the officer’s gun inside the car during the struggle, and that the officer fired multiple times at Michael Brown as he ran away,” the report says.

He noted that an autopsy was pending and that a toxicology test would take as long as six weeks to determine whether Brown had alcohol or drugs in his system.

Belmar said a full investigation by his department is under way and could also involve the FBI, the report says. And according to the Post-Dispatch, he said, “the results would be forwarded to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch, whose office would decide whether criminal charges were justified.”

Belmar said that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who arrived at the scene Saturday, called him personally to ask for a county investigation.

The officer, a six-year veteran whose name has not been disclosed, has been placed on administrative leave. The chief said that the officer “appears to have ‘no other issues’ in his past,” the report says.

Earlier:

Residents of a suburb in St. Louis, Mo., took to the streets in protest Saturday after an officer killed an unarmed black teen, who was slated to begin college Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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