Another black teen shot by white officer in Missouri

An off-duty police officer in St Louis, Missouri, has fatally shot a black teenager, leading to angry demonstrations on the streets.

The white officer was on patrol for a private security company when he exchanged fire with an 18-year-old after a chase, say police. He fired 17 shots at the teenager, police added.

Two months ago the fatal shooting in the nearby suburb of Ferguson of unarmed teenager Michael Brown sparked weeks of unrest and made international headlines.

In the latest incident the officer, dressed in his city police uniform, spotted three men running away from him in Shaw neighbourhood, says St Louis Police Chief Colonel Sam Dotson.

The 32-year-old officer thought one of the men was carrying a weapon so chased him and a confrontation followed.

During the altercation, the man fired at the officer, who returned fire and killed him, said Mr Dotson.

Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene, with some shouting “hands up, don’t shoot”, in reference to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman on 9 August.

Some police cars were damaged but there were no arrests.

Credit: BBC