St. Louis County Police says the fatal shooting of a black teenager came after a clash with an officer that involved a struggle over his gun.
Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference Sunday morning that a Ferguson Police officer had an encounter with two people Saturday. He says one person allegedly pushed the officer back into a patrol car and assaulted the
He says there was a struggle over the officers' weapon and one shot was fired in the car. The officer then got out of his vehicle and shot at "a subject."
He says the man suffered more than a couple of gunshots.
18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed Saturday in a predominantly black suburb a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.
After the shooting, there was a several hours long confrontation between police and hundreds of locals shouting things like "kill the police."
County Police are handling the probe, but a member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for the FBI to step in "to protect the integrity of the investigation."
John Gaskin with the NAACP alluded to the racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges last year. Gaskin also drew on the case of a New York man who died from a police chokehold after he was confronted for selling individual cigarettes.
"With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers ... this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization," Gaskin said.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she would ask the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for a formal investigation.