More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect

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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the shooting took place when young black men ran out the back door of a house where officers were carrying out a search warrant.

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Officers ordered the pair to stop in an alley behind the house. One suspect pointed a gun at officers who then fired four times, killing him, Dotson said.

"Detectives were looking for guns, looking for violent felons, looking for people that have been committing crimes in the neighborhood," he said.

Police identified the slain suspect as Mansur Ball-Bey, 18. The second youth fled.

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St. Louis police gather at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Walton Avenue and Page Boulevard, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) 
People confront police at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Walton Avenue and Page Boulevard on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Police investigate the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Walton Avenue and Page Boulevard on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Police moved in to disperse the large crowd gathered at Page and Walton, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) 
Rhonda Tunstall, 40, prays for peace in the middle of the street as police move in to disperse the large crowd gathered at Page and Walton, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Police stand guard as firefighters extinguish a vacant house that was set on fire during protests following a fatal officer-involved shooting Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Police in riot gear stand guard as protesters gather Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
A police helicopter illuminates a burning car Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, after it was set ablaze following a fatal officer-involved shooting, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
St. Louis firefighters work to contain a fire following a fatal officer-involved shooting Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Cristina Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) 
A lady crosses in front of the police line as they stand guard in riot gear where protesters gather on Walton Avenue and Page Boulevard on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
A St. Louis police officer stands guard as firefighters extinguish a fire Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, after a fatal officer-involved shooting, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) 
Protesters watch tires and debris that were set on fire during protests following a fatal officer-involved shooting Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. A black 18-year-old fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was fatally shot Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the city's police chief said. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
People gather at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Walton Avenue and Page Boulevard, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) 
Mike Hassell, center, leads activists on a march to the Mel Carnahan Municipal Courthouse on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Kajieme Powell by St. Louis police officers, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. Hassell recorded the event at Riverview Boulevard and McLaran Avenue by cell phone video. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
People gather at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Walton Avenue and Page Boulevard, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 in St. Louis. An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of north St. Louis was shot and killed Wednesday by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) 
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Crowds gathered at a nearby intersection shortly after the shooting and then again in the evening.

Dotson said at a late Wednesday press conference some protesters threw bricks and glass bottles at officers, who used shields to protect themselves and then tear gas to disperse the crowd. A car was set on fire and some local businesses had reported robbery attempts, he said.

Nine people were arrested on charges of impeding traffic and resisting arrest, police said.

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French posted on Twitter that a vacant house was burning.

Dotson told reporters Ball-Bey's gun was one of three stolen firearms recovered from the scene and said officers recovered crack cocaine.

St. Louis police said the officers involved in the shooting were white, aged 33 and 29, each with about seven years on the force. They are on administrative leave.

A 93-year-old member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a black aviation unit from World War Two, was robbed and carjacked in the neighborhood on Sunday. A woman was also killed in the area this week.

The shooting came 10 days after St. Louis was flooded with protesters marking the anniversary of the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer on Aug. 9 last year in Ferguson, not far from St Louis..

Brown's death helped spark a nationwide movement against what protesters say is police violence against minorities.

Wednesday's shooting also came as activists were in the area to mark the anniversary of the police shooting of another black man in St. Louis, Kajieme Powell. Police say officers shot Powell when he approached them with a knife.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Missouri; Daniel Bases in New York; Additional reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento and Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Writing by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler, Lisa Shumaker and Paul Tait)

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