BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Police have released a surveillance video from last night's fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley, Missouri.
The nearly two-minute clip shows two young men leaving a convenience store at about the time a police car rolls up. The officer gets out and speaks with them.
About a minute and a-half later, the video appears to show one of the men raising his arm. But what he is holding is difficult to see because they were several feet from the camera.
Police say he was holding a 9-milimeter handgun. They say the officer stumbled backward but fired three shots, one of which struck the 18-year-old.
The other man ran away. Police are searching for him.
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APPHOTO MOSTP207: Police try to control a crowd Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo. St. Louis County police say a man who pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer has been killed. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) (24 Dec 2014)
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