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Senator, others want feds to investigate shooting

4 years 1 month 6 days ago Thursday, October 09 2014 Oct 9, 2014 October 09, 2014 11:03 AM October 09, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jim Salter

ST. LOUIS - A state senator and other black leaders in St. Louis are calling for the Justice Department to investigate the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by an off-duty police officer.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the 18-year-old, identified by his mother as Vonderrit D. Myers, shot at the officer Wednesday night. Dotson says the officer returned fire.

The shooting led to an angry protest.

Dotson didn't identify the 32-year-old officer.

Syreeta Myers told The Associated Press by phone Thursday that her son wasn't armed, as police contend.

At a news conference on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed questioned why the officer approached Vonderrit Myers in the first place. She called it a clear case of racial profiling.

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