(NEWSER) – "It's like Michael Brown all over again." That from the cousin of a teen who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer in south St. Louis last night, sparking loud protests in the area. St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson says the 32-year-old officer was patrolling the Shaw neighborhood for a private security company when the shooting happened.
As the officer described it to Dotson, he encountered three men in the street around 7:30pm. They ran away when they spotted him, and the way that one of the men ran suggested to the officer he was carrying a weapon; the officer gave chase. The city's assistant police chief says one of the men, who relatives have identified as 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr., jumped out of some bushes and an altercation ensued.
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