#ShawShooting: St. Louis is rocked by yet another police officer-involved shooting. The St. Louis Post Dispatch identifies 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. as the victim in the officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard in south St. Louis. The officer, who is white, fired 17 times at the teen. It is not clear how many hit Myers, who reportedly fired three times at the officer.
The officer had reportedly taken a secondary job for a private security company when he encountered Vonderrit Myers Jr. and two others on Shaw Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. during a “pedestrian check.”
Here’s more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Teyonna Myers, 23, of Florissant, said Myers was her cousin. “He was unarmed,” Teyonna Myers said. “He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun. It’s like Michael Brown all over again.”
Jackie Williams, 47, said Myers was his nephew and lived with him in the 4200 block of Castleman, near the shooting scene. He said he had talked to several people who had been with his nephew or saw the shooting.
“My nephew was coming out of a store from purchasing a sandwich. Security was supposedly searching for someone else. They Tased him,” Williams said. “I don’t know how this happened but they went off and shot him 16 times. That’s outright murder.”
Police tell a different story….
Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer was patrolling the neighborhood when he encountered three males.
Dotson said the officer was in a car when he saw three males and one of them started to run away but stopped. The officer did a U-turn and then all three ran. He drove through streets following them and then chased them on foot. He then got into a physical confrontation with one that escalated into gunfire.
The teenager had a gun and fired at least three shots at the officer, who returned fire, the chief said. The teenager attempted to fire more but his gun jammed, Dotson said.
The officer fired 17 times, he said. It is unclear how many times the teenager was shot.
Police recovered a 9mm Ruger, he said.
Dotson did not identify the 18-year-old but said he “was no stranger to law enforcement.” Source St. Louis Post Dispatch
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