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Police Officials In Missouri Confirm Antonio Martin Pointed Gun At Officer


BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) - An internal police investigation confirmed an 18-year-old pointed a gun at an officer who shot him to death in a convenience store parking lot in suburban St. Louis last week, officials said Tuesday.

Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said several witnesses told police that Antonio Martin pointed the gun at the officer, who has not been identified.

The officer was responding to a report of shoplifting at the Mobil on the Run store Dec. 23. McCall said Martin matched the description of the suspect, though he said he did not know if Martin had any stolen items with him because St. Louis County police are investigating that part of the case.

Renewed protests followed the shooting, which was the third of a black suspect by a white officer in the region since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in neighboring Ferguson on Aug. 9. Up to 60 people gathered again Monday at the convenience store, then marched to nearby Interstate 170 and walked onto the roadway. No one was arrested, but police twice had to close the highway to traffic.

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Chief: Probe shows man shot by officer had gun
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds her hands up during protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor speaks to other demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A protestor speaks to other demonstrators during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators participate in a die-in protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers watch as demonstrators protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators participate in a die-in protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator yells at police officers during a protest outside the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on December 24, 2014. In the latest incident to fuel mounting tensions over a spate of police killings, a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in Berkeley, Missouri after he allegedly pointed a gun at the officer. The incident took place late December 22nd at a gas station in the town near Ferguson, Missouri where another black teen was shot dead by a white officer last August. St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said the officer was called to the gas station about a theft and when he arrived two men approached the police car. The suspect then pointed a nine-millimeter pistol at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired three shots, one fatally striking the suspect. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds up a poster standing next to a makeshift memorial for a black teen shot dead by a white officer at the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri, December 24, 2014. Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger after the armed teenager was shot dead, insisting the use of force was justified. The killing took place late December 23 in a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri -- ground zero of a new protest movement over police killing of black suspects -- and triggered immediate protests. Nationwide protests were sparked after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, a mainly African American town with a mostly white police force. After several weeks, demonstrations gained momentum in reaction to several other killings of black suspects by police, including that of Eric Garner, who died in a chokehold in New York last July. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster is pinned to a makeshift memorial for a black teen shot dead by a white officer at the Mobil On-The-Run gas and convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri, December 24, 2014. Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger after the armed teenager was shot dead, insisting the use of force was justified. The killing took place late December 23 in a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri -- ground zero of a new protest movement over police killing of black suspects -- and triggered immediate protests. Nationwide protests were sparked after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white officer in Ferguson, a mainly African American town with a mostly white police force. After several weeks, demonstrations gained momentum in reaction to several other killings of black suspects by police, including that of Eric Garner, who died in a chokehold in New York last July. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters yell at police protecting the perimeter of a scene on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 where teenager was fatally shot by a police officer about 90 minutes before at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road in Berkeley, Mo. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
A police officer with a fire extinguisher stands in the broken out entry to a QuikTrip that was partially looted and set on fire on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 across the street from where a teenager was fatally shot late on Dec. 23, 2014 at a Mobil gas station on North Hanley Road in Berkeley, Mo. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
BERKELEY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 24: A woman claiming to be the girlfriend of 18 year-old Antonio Martin leaves a message on a makeshift memorial outside the Mobil on the Run gas station where Martin was shot and killed yesterday by a Berkeley police officer on December 24, 2014 in Berkeley, Missouri. The suspect, a black male, pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to to a report of stealing in the St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri. Following the shooting protesters gathered at the scene and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 24: Road cones block the entrance to the Mobil on the Run gas station where 18 year-old Antonio Martin was shot and killed yesterday by a Berkeley police officer on December 24, 2014 in Berkeley, Missouri. The suspect, a black male, pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to to a report of stealing in the St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri. Following the shooting protesters gathered at the scene and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 24: A makeshift memorial at the Mobil on the Run gas station where 18 year-old Antonio Martin was shot and killed yesterday by a Berkeley police officer on December 24, 2014 in Berkeley, Missouri. The suspect, a black male, pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to to a report of stealing in the St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, Missouri. Following the shooting protesters gathered at the scene and conflicts broke out between officers and protesters. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Large fire works being set off. Police cars being attacked. Quik Trip just broken into! #AntonioMartin
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“@akacharleswade: Damn. #AntonioMartin http://t.co/oYiXk0Ye28” looting a gas station across the street
A violent night erupted in St. Louis County after a Berkeley police officer shot and killed an armed teenager who reportedly pointed a gun at him.
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Unlike the shooting of Brown, who was unarmed, surveillance cameras recorded Martin's death. Police the next day released grainy video that police said showed Martin raising his gun at the officer.

The witnesses included a man who was with Martin, who also confirmed Martin pointed the gun at the officer, McCall said. The officer fell backward trying to retreat and fired three shots. One hit Martin, who was pronounced dead minutes later.

He said the safety was still on Martin's gun when he examined it.

"If the safety had been released off the weapon there's a possibility that we might be talking about more than one death," McCall said.

Mayor Theodore Hoskins said protesters have the right to gather peacefully, but he warned that those who turn violent or continue to block highways and roads will face arrest.

"There is no reason for the protesters to continue in the city of Berkeley unless they will not accept the fact that Mr. Martin drew his gun first," Hoskins said.

Eight protesters were arrested on municipal charges in the first two nights after the shooting. Four officers were hurt in the unrest.

Police said another man, 19-year-old Joshua Williams, is charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree arson and theft for allegedly breaking into a nearby QuikTrip convenience store and using lighter fluid to set a fire that was quickly put out. Williams has been frequently quoted and photographed at protests over Brown's death. He does not have an attorney.

St. Louis County police are conducting their own investigation of the shooting. Results have not been yet released.

The officer is struggling with what happened, and the fact that he had to take a life, Hoskins said.

McCall said his department has three body cameras for the 31-member police force, but they are still being tested. The officer involved in the shooting did not have his body camera on.

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