Cop Kills Teen In South St. Louis
This has been a busy day for me, and I decided to come online and check email and Twitter before going to bed. On Twitter, I read that people were protesting in St. Louis. At first, I thought it was one of the organized protests seeking the arrest of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown.
Turns out that Wednesday evening, the citizens of St. Louis County were subjected to another situation of a cop gone wild. Eyewitness reports and those of the cop are in conflict. Even the cops have given two different stories. This is developing, so I’m sure we will hear and read more in the coming days.
According to the police, a 32-year old, off-duty St. Louis Police officer, working for a security company and wearing his cop issued uniform, was in the 4100 block of Shaw when he attempted a “pedestrian check.” The account given by the police is that the man fled on foot, turned and fired a gun at the officer. The officer returned fire, killing the man. The officer has been on the police force for 6 years.
Assistant Chief Alfred Adkins gave another story, however. He told the Post-Dispatch that the officer encountered four pedestrians in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard and stopped to talk with them at about 7:30 p.m. The four fled and the officer chased one. According to Adkins, the man being chased by the officer jumped from some bushes and struggled with him. The man then pulled a gun and fired at the officer.
Police did not identify the man who was killed, but the Post-Dispatch reports that family members said it is 18-year-old Vonderrick Myers. Eyewitnesses say that Myers was shot as many as 16 times.
Teyonna Myers, 23, who says that Vonderrick was her cousin, told the Post-Dispatch, “He was unarmed. He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun.”
The officer has been placed on paid vacation; i.e., “administrative leave.”
Buzzfeed has video clips from tonight’s gathering of people after the shooting.
Demonstrators Shut Down Street Where Vonderrick Was Killed