Lawyer for officer who shot dead teen suggests he was lured to gas station near Michael Brown scene… as protesters clash with police into Christmas morning.
The lawyer for the St. Louis-area cop who shot dead Antonio Martin has suggested his client may have been set up and ambushed by Antonio Martin, who police say pulled a loaded 9mm pistol on the officer without warning.
The Berkeley, Missouri, officer was responding to a 911 call about a possible theft from a Mobil gas station about 11.15pm on Tuesday.
Brian Millikan, the lawyer for the unnamed 34-year-old Berkeley officer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the cop may have been walking into a deadly trap set by Martin and his friend.
‘Their behavior is certainly bizarre, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all, in the environment we are in, that’s for sure,’ Mr Millikan told the newspaper.
The shooting happened just three miles from where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead by white officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson in August. Berkeley, like Ferguson, is a predominately black St. Louis suburb.
Protests over the shooting continued for a second night. And for a second night they turned violent.
Fewer than 100 people, including Martin’s grieving mother Toni Martin, turned out for a candle light vigil for the teen at the gas station where he was killed.
They then marched through town and onto Interstate 170, forcing police to block off traffic and shut down the major St. Louis-area thoroughfare.
Some of the protesters turned violent as the night wore on. Several nearby storefronts were damaged during what appeared to be the start of a small riot.
At least one store, a local beauty salon, was broken into – though police chased away looters before they could make it inside. Gunshots could be heard in the parking lot, according to videos posted on social media.
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