The protests in Ferguson over the death of black teenager Michael Brown have resumed on the news that another black teenager had been shot and killed on Wednesday by an off-duty police officer.
According to police in the county of Missouri, the 32 year old officer was off-duty, working in an approved second job as a security guard when he attempted to stop 18 year old Vonderrick Myers Jr for a “pedestrian check” while wearing his police uniform.
Myers apparently fled, leading to a chase during which he turned and fired at the officer, prompting the officer to fire back, fatally wounding Myers.
“As (the officer) exited the car, the gentleman took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then they found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street.” said police spokesperson Colonel Alfred Adkins.
“The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed.”
The St Louis Metropolitan Police Department posted on Twitter:
The officer was not injured. A gun was recovered from the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 9, 2014
However many different opinions have cropped, the most vocal coming from 23 year old Teyonna Myers, the dead teenager’s cousin. “He was unarmed. He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun. Its like Michael Brown all over again.”
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that protesters had gathered on Shaw Boulevard in the south of St Louis to protest the shooting. KTVI news had reported that they were planning to march on the St Louis police station, many chanting “hands up don’t shoot”, a slogan used all across the US after Ferguson.
Scenes from tonight… pic.twitter.com/X6rtl7FLeB
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) October 9, 2014
Another spokesperson for the St Louis police said that the unnamed officer has been put on administrative leave, and the investigation into the incident is still underway.