County police spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman says a Berkeley police officer was conducting a routine business check at a gas station around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when he saw two men and approached them.
Schellman says one of the men pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer. The officer fired several shots, striking and fatally wounding the man. Schellman says that the second person fled and that the deceased man's handgun has been recovered.
The Berkeley Police Department requested that St. Louis County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit handle the investigation, the St. Louis County Police Department noted on its Facebook page.
"At this time, we cannot confirm the identity of the deceased subject. The investigation is on-going and further details will be provided as the investigation proceeds," the Facebook notice said.
The hashtag #AntonioMartin is trending on social media. Those at the scene, along with the Post-Dispatch, report about 60 to 100 people gathered around the gas station where the shooting took place.
Livestreams at the scene show residents verbally clashing with police. A woman identified as Martin's mother can be heard sobbing "That's my baby!" on the feed.
This post has been updated to include security camera footage and to note the officer wasn't wearing a body camera.
source: huffingtonpost.com By Sebastian Murdock