Over Easy: Police Kill 18-year-old black teen Antonio Martin near Ferguson, Missouri
Last night in Berkeley, Missouri, police fatally shot Antonio Martin, an 18-year-old black male, at a Mobil gas station. The St. Louis Dispatch reports that officers were performing a routine business check after hours at the gas station when they spotted two men. Police claim that Martin pulled a handgun, prompting the shooting. Details of last night’s incident are still emerging. Berkeley, Missouri is in the St. Louis area, a short distance from Ferguson, where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in August. The St. Louis County police statement reads:
The St. Louis County Police Department is conducting an investigation into a shooting death involving a Berkeley, Missouri police officer.
At approximately 11:15 PM 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.
Video footage from surveillance cameras at the gas station are not available yet. St. Louis County police department will hold a news conference at 7 AM. The twitter hashtag to follow is #AntonioMartin.