Police kill black teen near Ferguson

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 24 Desember 2014 | 20.01

Crime scene ... US police officers stand guard at a Berkeley gas station after the shooting of a young black man. Source: AP

UNITED States police say they've shot dead a black teenager after he allegedly pointed a handgun at an officer outside a petrol station.

The teenager has been identified as 18-year-old Antonio Martin by his mother, Toni, who was visibly distraught at the scene.

The shooting happened in a town near Ferguson, Missouri, scene of a prior police shooting that sparked nationwide protests when unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer.

Devastated ... Toni Martin said the victim is her son, Antonio Martin. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) Source: AP

Evidence ... Officers photograph a gun at the scene of the shooting. Source: AP

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

In a Facebook post, St. Louis County police said that at 11:15PM, the officer was conducting a routine check when he "observed two male suspects on the side of the building".

When approached, one of the men "pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer".

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

"The second subject fled the scene."

Soon after the incident a crowd of approximately 100 people arrived on the scene and chaos erupted, with an impromptu protest which local reports say are growing in numbers.

Journalists on the scene have reported police are "suiting up in riot gear".

The altercation has become so hazardous, someone hurled either what looks to be a firework into the gas station, sending people flocking.

Teargas ... The violent reaction to the shooting recalls the riotous scenes in Ferguson. Source: AP

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

Reaction ... Police try to get a crowd under control at the gas station where a young black man was shot dead on Christmas Eve. Source: AP

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

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

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