Thursday, October 9, 2014
An off-duty police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black male in St.Louis last night. According to the police chief, the young man fired 3 shots at the officer during a chase. The officer returned fire squeezing off 17 shots.
A gun was recovered at the scene and a ballistics investigation confirmed that it had been fired three times.
The young man’s family is claiming he was not armed, raising the possibility that the officer might have used a throw-down weapon.*
The shooting is under investigation.
Hopefully, the victim’s hands were bagged at the scene and the ME will check for the presence of gunshot residue on them before washing the body prior to the autopsy.
The gun should be checked for prints.
*Many cops carry difficult-to-trace firearms acquired under questionable circumstances for the sole purpose of throwing them down on people they arrest or kill.
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