U.S. police of the city of St Louis have released a surveillance video of the final seconds before a black teenager was shot on Tuesday night, claiming it shows the moment when the teen raised and pointed a handgun at the officer, who then killed him.
The school ignited violence reminiscent of riots over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in nearby Ferguson, police said on Wednesday.
Black officials in Missouri were at pains to distinguish the death of a suspect with a gun from cases where unarmed black men were killed by police officers, incidents that led to nationwide protests and bitter debate about how American police forces treat non-white citizens.
“At approximately 11:15 PM on December 23, 2014, a police officer with the City of Berkeley was conducting a routine business check at the Mobile Gas Station located at 6800 N. Hanley when he observed two male subjects on the side of the building,” a statement released with the video said.
“The Berkeley Police Officer exited his vehicle and approached the subjects when one of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer. Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him. The second subject fled the scene.”
“At this time, I cannot confirm the identity of the deceased subject. The investigation is on-going and further details will follow as they become available.”