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BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The police chief in Berkeley, Missouri, is reporting six to eight arrests in a second night of protests following the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Chief Frank McCall provided that number to a TV station (KMOV).

Police have said that Antonio Martin pointed a gun at the officer before he was shot.

Last night, dozens of protesters held a vigil at the gas station in the St. Louis suburb where the shooting took place. And they briefly blocked traffic on Interstate 170 during a march, before returning to the station.

The actions were calmer than a night before, when a crowd of about 300 people gathered at the gas station. They threw rocks and bricks in a scene reminiscent of the sometimes-violent protests that followed the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

Unlike in the death of Brown, who was unarmed and whose shooting was not captured on video, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins says surveillance footage appeared to show Martin pulling a gun on the officer who had questioned him and another man about a theft at a convenience store.

Police throughout the country have been on alert since two New York officers were gunned down in an ambush last weekend by a man who had made threatening posts online about killing police. He later killed himself.

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APPHOTO MOSTP204: Police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, in Berkeley, Mo. The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed the black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) (24 Dec 2014)

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