WATCH: St. Louis Police Chief Gives Statement on Antonio Martin Shooting


St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gave a statement Wednesday morning about the fatal shooting of a subject identified elsewhere as 18-year-old Antonio Martin.

Belmar recounted that the officer made a routine business stop at a Mobil gas station at around 11:00 Tuesday night, and that he approached two male subjects while holding a flashlight. He said one subject then pulled a 9-millimeter handgun on the officer, which police say is corroborated by surveillance footage obtained from the gas station.

The officer fired three times, according to Belmar, with one bullet striking the subject, one striking the police car’s tire, and a third unaccounted for; he indicated that the subject is not believed to have fired. The officer then “retreated behind some gas pumps” and waited for backup. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs.

Belmar said the police have identified two witnesses to the incident but did not give any further details about them. He also called the second subject a “person of interest.”


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