Darren Boyle — Daily Mail Dec 24, 2014
A black teenager has been shot dead by a police officer at a gas station only a few miles from where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri.
The victim, who has been named by his mother as Antonio Martin, 18, was killed at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road at about 1am.
Toni Martin, the victim’s mother, confirmed that her son had been killed.
Mr Martin’s body was kept on the parking lot overnight as the investigation into the shooting began.
He was covered by a yellow body bag beside a police cruiser.
According to the St Louis Post Dispatch, Mrs Martin said her son was with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting.
A crowd of about 60 people have arrived at the scene, which is only a short distance from where Michael Brown was shot dead in August causing massive protests.
Officers secured the area surrounding Mr Martin’s body with crime scene tape although authorities have yet to comment on the situation.
It is understood that officers approached Mr Martin and a friend and wanted to search them. The second person was uninjured.
St Louis County police claim that Martin pulled a gun and pointed it at the officer who opened fire.
County police spokesman Sergeant Brian Schellman said a Berkeley police officer was conducting a routine business check at a gas station around 11:15 pm Tuesday when he saw two men and approached them.
Sergeant Schellman says one of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer. The officer fired several shots, striking and fatally wounding the man. Schellman says that the second person fled and that the deceased man’s handgun has been recovered.
Detectives claim they have recovered a handgun from the scene.
In a statement on the shooting, St Louis County Police Department said: ‘At approximately 11:15pm on December 23, 2014, a police officer with the City of Berkeley was conducting a routine business check at the Mobile Gas Station located at 6800 N. Hanley when he observed two male subjects on the side of the building.
‘The Berkeley Police Officer exited his vehicle and approached the subjects when one of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer.
‘Fearing for his life, the Berkeley Officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him. The second subject fled the scene.
‘The Berkeley Police Department requested the St. Louis County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit to handle the investigation. St. Louis County Police Detectives have recovered the deceased subject’s handgun at the scene.
‘At this time, we cannot confirm the identity of the deceased subject. The investigation is on-going and further details will be provided as the investigation proceeds.’
Witnesses at the scene claimed that police failed to call an ambulance for Mr Martin as he lay mortally wounded on the ground.
St Louis County Police have not yet replied to comments on this claim.