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ST. LOUIS — [Breaking news update posted at 8:20 a.m. ET]

An 18-year-old male held a gun “straight out” at a Berkeley, Missouri, police officer before that officer fired “what we think … were three shots,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Thursday. The man — who died after being shot by the officer — is not believed to have fired any shots himself, according to Belmar.

St. Louis County Police released surveillance video that showed the moments leading up to the shooting. You can see the man point what appears to be a gun at officers. Video of the actual shooting was not released.

*Click here to read more from our sister station KTVI in St. Louis.

[Original story posted at 8:13 a.m. ET]

A police officer fatally shot an armed teenager Tuesday night just two miles from Ferguson, Missouri, authorities say — sparking hours of tense overnight demonstrations in an area still raw with emotion over a controversial killing four months ago.

The incident started around 11:15 p.m. when an officer in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley approached two people during a routine check at a Mobil gas station, St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said.

After the officer left his squad car, one of the pair pointed a gun at the officer, who fired multiple times at him, killing him, Schellman said. The second person fled, police said.

The slain man was Antonio Martin, an 18-year-old African-American, his family told CNN.

Police say the officer, whose name wasn’t immediately released, shot in self-defense.

As news of the shooting spread, a crowd gathered, some among them yelling at a number of police officers who also had arrived. What looked like a firecracker exploded near a gas pump, video from CNN affiliate KMOV showed. A scuffle broke out, and officers grabbed some of the demonstrators and led them off in handcuffs.

Tuesday’s shooting happened more than four months after the controversial shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, just a couple of miles to the east, triggered nationwide protests.

But Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who has criticized authorities over the Brown shooting, appealed for calm Wednesday morning — saying that if indeed Martin was armed, she felt Tuesday’s shooting could be different.

“While tensions are high, we need to be respectful of what the facts are, and then our actions need to follow those facts,” Chappelle-Nadal told CNN’s “New Day.”

“While we’re waiting for the facts, we need to have some calm so we know that’s going on. Not every case is the same,” she said.

Gun, body

After the shooting, yellow markers were placed around the scene at the gas station. Next to one of them was a handgun lying in the parking lot, video from KMOV showed.

Schellman said that the killed man’s handgun was recovered at the scene.

Feet away from the weapon, a body lay covered up. It was later placed on a stretcher and loaded into the back of a van.

The gas station appeared to be outfitted with surveillance cameras, which were pointed at the parking lot.

Berkeley police asked St. Louis County police to handle the investigation of the shooting.

County police are planning to hold a news conference on Wednesday and are considering releasing some surveillance video from the scene.

Mother speaks

Martin’s mother, Toni Martin, told KMOV that her son had gone to see his girlfriend, who lived near the station, and was with her at the time of the shooting. She said the girlfriend notified her of her son’s shooting.

Martin said her son turned 18 in September. He had been expelled from school but was trying to get his life back together, she said, and she was encouraging him to join Job Corps.

Video posted to Vimeo showed Toni Martin crying in the arms of other people.

The deceased teen’s father, Jerome Green, also said Antonio Martin had said he was going out to meet his girlfriend and had not mentioned any other person who might be with them.

“He was supposed to come home,” Green said. “We’re getting ready for holiday; everyone wanted to see him. My grandmother hadn’t seen him for a while.”

Green said that Martin lived with his parents, together with a brother and a sister.

Protest, scuffle

Protesters gathered around an ethnically diverse group of dozens of police officers, who stood between them and the scene. People in the crowd screamed at police. Others spoke more calmly.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson told CNN’s Hala Gorani that some of the protesters damaged police cars. CNN showed images of one squad car with a large dent in its side.

Police and demonstrators briefly scuffled.

“At one point, an explosive device, like a large firecracker or firework, was thrown into the middle of the fight and exploded. That kind of scattered a lot of people,” Carson said.

Video posted to YouTube showed two smoking objects flying toward the station, where police stood. One of them emitted white smoke, while the other exploded.

KMOV video showed a white plume rising at another location down the street.

Among the protesters were ministers and people who had participated in Ferguson demonstrations after Brown’s shooting death, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Before sunup, protesters thinned out, and those remaining stood calmly behind police tape.

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19 comments

  • big john stankus

    I would argue that society just got a wee bit stronger due to moron pulling a gun on a cop. One less moron creating a drag on society. BRAVO to the police officer for being a good shot and performing this heroic act, and I am thankful that the thug died instead of the hero.

  • J

    If only we would leave the racist remarks and position at the door. We all breathe the same damn air, and share the same streets. Why can’t we act like it? White people are shot by the police as well (a friend of mine was shot without pointing a gun at the officer, and there just happens to be no video of the situation to present to court). You know what they did? Tried to get him to take on life. It’s not just blacks that are wrongfully treated by law enforcement, hell I remember living in a neighborhood that was mainly white, and not the best neighborhood either. My teenage years were spent being harassed by the police and having to worry about what kind of bogus charge they would come up with. Several years later, the police on this beat were charged with planting evidence, filing false police reports, and more. You can’t tell me the color of your skin makes you a target, dumbasses come in all races.

  • justme

    It’s fine to have subcultures as long as there is a set of basic rules that all the subcultures will agree upon. I’d say one rule would be to not point guns at police or anyone else. So, which subculture, exactly, is saying that attacking police is OK and police should not shoot those who pull guns on them? I watched a Chris Hayes lecture in which he mentions a divide between two types – the Institutionalists (who trust authority) and the Insurrectionists (who do not trust authority). If you watch these protests, there seem to be more whites than blacks at them. I’d say this is an Insurrectionist issue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbeOp_hG6gY

    • justme

      To continue that train of thought, I’m wondering if there aren’t Institutionalist-minded people of each race and Insurrectionist-minded people of each, as well. I believe there are. I watched that old Chris Rock skit on how to not get your @## kicked by the police. That’s an example of a more institutionalist mindset.

      As an aside, I wonder who is benefitting from spinning this as a black-white issue?

  • sara

    Stop and ask yourself – why is it that Blacks frequently do stupid things to get themselves shot? Is it their DNA, or is it behavior that they learn from their parents and their culture?

  • Ginny

    I have to wonder what THIS T-shirt is going to say? How about “I might be pointing this gun at you but I am just playin so don’t shoot'”. You can’t fix STUPID.

  • Dave

    Do you think that kid would have pulled a gun on a black officer? I’m thinking not. Obama needs to talk directly to the people and recruit black officers.

  • White__Rabbit

    First of all can please PLEASE stop calling this MAN a kid?! He was 18 damn years old and no longer a child. This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with an idiot criminal who pointed a gun at a police officer and a police officer protecting himself.

    • Pat

      You can thank the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and our own Pres for escalating this into a “cop kills innocent black kid” scenario. Americans of all colors and incomes in this country are tired of the ‘racial hijacking’ they do to every incident that might have a black person involved. This incident was not about color, it was about a young ignorant gun toting young man who put an officer in a very difficult position, Its about a young man who had enough sense to know that guns kill people and yet still pointed it at an officer trained to counter that threat with an immediate and decisive response.. If a young, hispanic, white, or other man had done the same thing, he would have received the same response and no one would have burned and looted the businesses of their town in protest. I do not appreciate the attacks on the police for this particular incident. The police did what they had to in this situation.

  • ted

    Camera on officer’s vest, forgot to turn on…. camera on squad car, forgot to turn on… and this doesn’t show a gun……… sooooooo? What does this prove??? (except to be a good troll for racists)

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