US teen's mom: My son didn’t have a gun

2014-12-24 13:36
Toni Martin cries out as she talks to police at the scene where she says her son was fatally shot at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. (David Carson, St Louis Post-Dispatch, AP)

Toni Martin cries out as she talks to police at the scene where she says her son was fatally shot at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri. (David Carson, St Louis Post-Dispatch, AP)

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Washington - US police said on Wednesday they shot dead a black teenager after he allegedly pointed a handgun at an officer in a town near Ferguson, Missouri, scene of a prior police shooting that sparked nationwide protests.

St Louis County police said in a statement that an officer from the city of Berkeley "fired several shots" after the man, named by local media as Antonio Martin, "pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer".

However, Martin’s mother was filmed speaking to reporters and said her son did not have a gun.

The shooting took place late Tuesday at a gas station, while the officer was conducting a routine patrol.

Police spokesperson Brian Schellman said the officer had exited his vehicle and approached two men at the gas station when one of them pulled a weapon.

"Fearing for his life, the Berkeley officer fired several shots, striking the subject, fatally wounding him."

Other reports also say Martin was with his girlfriend when the incident occurred.

Authorities said they recovered a handgun at the scene and an investigation into the shooting was underway.

A local television station, KMOV, reported that dozens of angry residents confronted about a dozen police at the scene, shouting and waving their hands.

The shooting is the latest in several such incidents that led to nationwide protests into how police in the United States interact with the country's black community.

It follows the racially charged fatal shooting in August of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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