Off-duty St. Louis cop shoots 18-year-old youth 17 times

Vonderrit Myers Jrsource: RS News
published: 9 October 2014

Another police-involved fatal shooting of a teenager, this time in south St. Louis not far from the Missouri Botanical Garden, led to hours of protests overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning as an angry crowd gathered quickly when news spread across social media.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer was off-duty, working a secondary job for a private security company, when he fatally shot an 18-year-old male Wednesday night.

Police say the teen had opened fire on the officer. The officer was unhurt. Relatives of the dead teen who came to the scene identified him as Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18. They disputed the police version. They say he didn’t have a weapon.

Teyonna Myers, 23, of Florissant, said Myers was her cousin. “He was unarmed,” Teyonna Myers said. “He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun. It’s like Michael Brown all over again.”

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