Protest Erupts in St. Louis After Police Fatally Shoot Teen; 9 Arrested

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
St. Louis police stand in riot gear after some 150 protesters gathered at the scene of the fatal police shooting of Mansur Ball-Bey. 
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St. Louis police Wednesday shot and killed an 18-year-old man they claim pointed a gun at officers. Shortly after the shooting, angry residents began confronting officers and protesting the shooting.

According to NBC News, protesters began throwing objects, including glass bottles and bricks, at the officers, and some even blocked traffic. Police arrested nine protesters and used tear gas to break up the gathering of residents who had converged on the scene.


St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters that "two officers were executing a search warrant at a home" Wednesday when two reportedly armed men ran out of the back of the house, NBC News reports.

One of the men, Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, was fatally shot after, police claim, he turned and pointed a gun at them. The second man was not apprehended. Both officers involved in the chase are white; Ball-Bey and the second suspect are black.


The police chief added that a gun reportedly carried by Ball-Bey was recovered at the scene and that crack cocaine and three guns were found inside the home from which the suspects ran. 

NBC News reports that about 150 people converged on the scene shortly after the shooting. Dotson noted that police received several calls regarding burglaries and that a car was set on fire. The police chief blamed those crimes on people seeking "notoriety," NBC News reports. 


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