ST. LOUIS, MO – Another shooting in Missouri involving a white cop and a black teen – and once again, community outrage.
Wednesday night, an off-duty white officer with the St. Louis Police Department was working his secondary security job when he spotted three black men. He chased the suspects, first in his car, then on foot. The cop and one of the suspects – 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. – got into an altercation. However, unlike Ferguson, cops say this teen was armed.
"The suspect pointed the gun at the officer and fired at least three rounds at the police officer,” Chief Sam Dotson of the St. Louis Police Department said.
Family members told reporters the only thing Myers was holding was a sandwich.
The Chief of Police in St. Louis says the off-duty cop fired 17 shots, killing the suspect, and bringing to life another uproar – and more neighborhood protests.
It’s an all too familiar scene for residents, who haven’t gotten over the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, less than 20 miles away.
Contingency plans are reportedly already being drawn up for possible riots there, in case the Grand Jury doesn’t indict the cop in that case.
Meanwhile, another life has been lost, and another family has to plan a funeral for an 18-year-old son.
Protesters squared off with police in St. Louis, Missouri for the second night in a row. The demonstrators seeking justice for the shooting and killing of Vonderitt D. Myers.