Sigh. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A Berkeley police officer fatally shot a suspect who pointed a gun at him late Tuesday, St. Louis County police said early today.
Police did not identify the person killed but Toni Martin, who was at the scene, said he was her 18-year-old son, Antonio Martin.
Several protesters also arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting. Many stayed overnight.
St. Louis County police said the incident started about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday as the Berkeley officer “was conducting a routine business check” at the Mobil gas station at 6800 North Hanley Road.
The officer saw two people outside the station, got out of his vehicle and approached them. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun.
“Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him,” the release from the county police said. “The second subject fled the scene.”
Berkeley police requested that the county department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit handle the investigation of the shooting. Detectives “recovered the deceased subject’s handgun at the scene,” the release from county police said.
For at least two hours, the body remained on the parking lot just in front of the gas station as police investigated the shooting. Berkeley police cars were on either side. A Berkeley police car was later towed away.
The station appeared to have security cameras that are trained on the parking lot.
Toni Martin said her son was with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting. The girlfriend remained at the scene but declined to talk to a reporter.
Just after the shooting, several dozen people gathered outside the gas station, which was ringed by crime scene tape.
The crowd at the station included ministers and some of the people who have been active in the protests related to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by a Ferguson police officer in August.
At one point, as some of the protesters grew rowdy, explosive flashes were set off. It was unclear by who.
Also, a QuikTrip store near the Mobil station was damaged by vandals before police officers closed access to it.
Merry fucking Christmas. The usual suspects are already trying to say Martin was unarmed and they accuse the police of not providing him medical aid before he died. Berkeley is about 2 miles from Ferguson.
I watched some of the livestream last night. It was about 4 am local time and there was a crowd of about 100 hanging around facing a bunch of cops who were surrounding the Mobil stastion. The cops looked bored and cold.
I’m sure Al Sharpton is already enroute. Vultures and other carrion eaters can sense death.
Here’s a few tweets: