Protests erupted Tuesday night after an 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police after allegedly pointing a gun at an officer at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb of Berkeley, a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri. The region has become a flashpoint for racial tension since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in the summer.
According to local media, St. Louis police were on a routine stop around 11:30 p.m. when the officer approached two men at a Mobile Gas station. As the officer approached the men, one reportedly pulled out a gun. The officer, who claimed he was "fearing for his life," fired several shots and fatally wounded him. The other man fled the scene.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, per a statement released from the St. Louis Police Department. The police haven’t yet identified the teenager, but his mother, Toni Martin, told the St. Read More