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From the Wall Street Journal of Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:35:47 EST
Police try to control a crowd on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo.
Police try to control a crowd on the lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo. Associated Press

The police-involved shooting death of an allegedly armed black man in a St. Louis suburb on Tuesday led to small protests, scuffles with police and four arrests overnight, according to police.

Police in St. Louis County, Mo., released video early Wednesday of a man raising a gun at a police officer from the city of Berkeley moments before the officer shot and killed the suspect.

A man who pulled a gun on a police officer during a routine business check was shot and killed early Wednesday in Berkeley, Mo., just a few miles from Ferguson. Photo: AP

The victim was a black male and the officer had been placed on administrative leave, said Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department, which will conduct an investigation into the incident. He said the officer fired three shots, one that hit the suspect, one that hit a car and a third that hadn't been recovered.
A crowd had gathered at the gas station after the incident, which began around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, and four people were arrested for assaults against police, Chief Belmar said. By Wednesday morning, the crowd had largely dispersed, he added.
“This is a tragedy, but we need to take it to a level of discourse and conversation and perhaps take it off the street,” he said.

The St. Louis County Police's YouTube account has surveillance footage purporting to show moments leading up to the fatal police shooting at a gas station in Berkeley, Mo., on Dec. 23, 2014.

The incident was captured on a surveillance camera at the convenience store where the shooting took place. The police cruiser was equipped with a dash-mounted camera that didn't record footage because it only operates when the car’s rooftop lights are turned on.

The officer had been given a body-mounted camera, but wasn't wearing it at the time of the shooting.

A St. Louis County grand jury last month chose not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an incident that sparked national protests over police-involved killings of unarmed black suspects.

Write to Joe Barrett at joseph.barrett@wsj.com



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