Just a few miles from where Michael Brown was shot down, this thug made a bad life choice by 1. robbing the store, 2. pointing a gun at a cop. This is the result of his actions.
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 – and surveillance footage apparently shows him pointing his gun at the cop before he was killed.
The victim, named by his mother as Antonio Martin, 18, was killed at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road at about 11.15pm on Tuesday.
Toni Martin, who has disputed the police account of the killing, was heard crying ‘that’s my baby,’ as she pointed towards his body under a yellow sheet.
The unnamed police officer, a 34-year-old six-year veteran of the force, was responding to a call of a theft in the area when he pulled up to the gas station in his patrol car. He can be seen on the surveillance footage driving up to two males and climbing out of the car, police said.
One of the men approached his car while Martin stood on the other side of the vehicle, Chief Jon Belmar said at a Wednesday press conference. Martin pulled out a weapon and pointed it at the officer, who moved back, dropped his flashlight and fired three shots as he fell backwards, he said.
One of the bullets hit the teenager, another hit a tire and authorities do not yet know where the third ended up. The teenager, who did not fire his weapon, was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS officers.
At the press conference, Belmar offered his condolences to the family of Martin, but added that he could have put down his weapon at any time but ‘bad choices were made’ by him instead.
‘It didn’t have to end with him approaching the officer with his arm extended with a 9mm pistol in his hand,’ Belmar said.
A firearm they found at the scene, a 9mm Hi-Point, had had its serial number filed off, Belmar said, which might suggest it had been stolen. The weapon had five rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber.
Chief Belmar said the victim was known to law enforcement and had previous charges including three assaults, armed robbery, armed criminal action and multiple uses of weapons since he was 17.
Authorities do not yet know the identity of the second man at the scene and are trying to track him down. He fled after the shooting. Read more at dailymail.co.uk