(Updated at 7:25am) A police officer in the north St. Louis County community of Berkeley shot and killed a suspect late Tuesday night that had allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident happened outside a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road just east of Interstate 170. The incident was captured on a store surveillance camera.
During a news conference this morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters the officer was responding to a call of theft at the gas station and stopped two men who were standing at the corner of the building. The officer got out of his car and approached them and in a surveillance video from the front of the building, the suspect is seen pulling a handgun and pointing it at the officer. Chief Belmar says the officer feared for his life and shot three times at the man striking him once, killing the 18 year old black male. A group of people gathered shortly after the incident to protest the shooting and some made their way across the street and vandalized and looted the QT gas station that had closed following the shooting. Additional police arrived a short time later to clear the parking lot of both stations and many bystanders were gone by early this morning.