Off-duty Officer Shoots, Kills Man in St. Louis
By Ed Payne | CNN
Just 12 miles south of the spot where a police officer killed Michael Brown, it happened again: Another 18-year-old died at the hands of police Wednesday.
An off-duty officer opened fire on the teen, and the policeman didn't stop until he'd fired his weapon 17 times, authorities say.
Angry erupted among residents, who damaged police cars, and they pointed to what they felt were parallels to the Brown shooting. But in reality, the similarities are slim.
Yes, the teen was black. And the officer was white. Yes, the officer fired several times. And it all unfolded in the St. Louis metro area.
But the commonalities end there.
In this case, the 18-year-old was armed, and he fired on the officer first, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said.
The death comes on the heels of the Brown shooting two months ago in the suburb of Ferguson, and just ahead of a "Weekend of Resistance" in St. Louis, where activists will push for movement in the investigation into that case.
Tensions are already high in the community, and it's uncertain how the latest shooting will affect its mood.
"At the scene of yet another young man's death," tweeted St. Louis Alderman Antonio French. "This happens too often in our city. It's a crisis that we should all be concerned about."
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