FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) – A woman whose grandson was fatally shot by police says she found his body in the middle of the street minutes after he was expected to arrive at her home.
Desiree Harris says she was driving through her suburban St. Louis neighborhood Saturday afternoon when she saw her 18-year-old grandson, Michael Brown, walking a few blocks from her house. After she arrived home minutes later, she heard a commotion and ran outside to see Brown’s body on the pavement nearby.
Hundreds of angry residents gathered for hours after the incident, shouting and cursing at police.
A spokesman with the St. Louis County Police Department confirmed a Ferguson police officer shot the man. The spokesman didn’t give the reason for the shooting.
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A law enforcement spokesman says a large crowd has confronted officers, yelling such things as “kill the police” after a police officer fatally shot a male in a St. Louis-area neighborhood.
St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman says shots were heard at the scene Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, a few miles north of downtown St. Louis. Schellman said “a couple hundred people” came out of nearby apartment buildings after a Ferguson officer shot the male. He didn’t identify the person or say what prompted the shooting.
Schellman says there were no reports of additional injuries at the scene, and the crowd was under control by 5 p.m. About 60 other officers initially responded to the area.The St. Louis County NAACP says it wants the FBI to investigate the death of a teenager shot by police.
St. Louis County police were called in to investigate.
John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP, says St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told the organization’s officials the person killed was a teenager.
Gaskin says the NAACP chapter wants the FBI to handle the investigation into the fatal shooting to ensure a thorough, transparent investigation.