Racial unrest in St Louis after shooting of black suspect

Police shoot ‘armed’ black man, sparking tension in St Louis, Missouri

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A black man was fatally shot by police on Wednesday, in St Louis, Missouri, adding fuel to the ongoing tension sparked after the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American teen, Michael Brown, by a white police officer just over a year ago.

According St Louis police, the shooting took place as the officers were issuing a search warrant when the two suspected black men ran away out of the back door of the targeted house.

St Louis Police Chief, Sam Dotson, said police officers ordered the men to stop when one of the suspects pointed a gun at the police officers.

The police later fired approximately four times, killing one of the suspects, a black teenager.

According to local media, dozens of people later gathered near the scene of the event, protesting police violence, while police ordered the crowd to disperse.

Some protesters were taken into custody.

Officer Dotson told journalists the gun the suspect used was stolen, adding that police also found crack cocaine near the scene.

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

The shooting took place only five days after police lifted state of emergency which was declared following the unrest which started at the anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014 by white police officer Darren Wilson, sparkıng protests across the US against police violence and fueling discussions on racial bias against the black people in the country.

TRTWorld, Reuters