#ShawShooting: Vonderrit Myers Jr., the teen gunned down by an off-duty St. Louis police officer, was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet as part of his bail release in a gun case. In fact, he was due in court in November on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.
This comes as the family maintains that the teen was not armed when he was shot multiple times by the officer but was carrying a “sandwich.” That’s despite authorities finding a 9mm Ruger gun at the scene of the shooting.
The protests got tense, with angry residents hurling profanities at the officers in the vicinity of the shooting in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard Wednesday night.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer, who is white, was working a secondary job for a private security company, when chased three males and then fatally shot Vonderrit Myers Jr., who allegedly fired three shots at him in a gangway. Dotson said the teen attempted to fire more shots but his gun jammed, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.
Dotson said that at one point, the suspect’s shirt raised and the officer saw what he thought was a gun. “The officer said he wanted to be certain it was a gun and did not fire at that point,” he said.
The chief said the suspect ran up a hill, turned and opened fired on the officer, who returned fire and killed the man. Ballistic evidence shows that the teen fired three shots and tried to fire again but his gun jammed, he said, noting that the 9mm gun was recovered.
The officer, a six-year veteran of the St. Louis police force whose race wasn’t immediately disclosed, fired off 17 rounds. Dotson said he didn’t know how many of those bullets struck the suspect, or why the officer, who wasn’t hurt, fired that many shots. Source: KMOV
I would urge protesters to show restraint and not do further damage to their community by looting and rioting. If Vonderrit Myers Jr. shot at an officer, there should be gunpowder residue on his hands. The forensics will tell the truth of what really transpired.
Did the unidentified officer have to fire 17 times and why did he feel the need to approach the three males for a “pedestrian check?”
Updated: It turns out Vonderrit Myers Jr. did purchase a sandwich:
— Concrete Rose (@Buppylady) October 9, 2014
Watch St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson briefs reporters on the Shaw shooting: