An 18-year-old African-American man was shot near Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday. The shooting has torn a divide between eyewitnesses, who say he was shot by police, and law enforcement, who paint a very different picture.
But the Normandy Police Department released an official press report Wednesday evening. Officials were called to a neighborhood near the Normandy-Ferguson city line after reports of a “suicidal” man. Around 2pm CT this man “retrieved a handgun” and fired at police officers following a confrontation, according to local officials.
While officials say Normandy officers returned fire, they say the suspect did not appear to be struck. Officials said he then attempted to flee the scene and was pursued on foot. “As officers turned the corner, they observed the unresponsive male lying on the ground and rendered first aid,” the report says. He had apparently shot himself, according to the report.
Witnesses took to Twitter to report live updates, including journalist Bob Hudgins. In audio posted by Hudgins, a witness who chose to remain anonymous says she heard six gun shots: “He was in transition of turning his body around. As he was turning his body around… He shot him. The body fell.”
I've talked to an aunt of the deceased, who confirmed his age. The eyewitness does not wish to be identified at this time.— Bob Hudgins (@Bob_Hudgins) October 28, 2015
"No, they didn't," Gibbons said.— Bob Hudgins (@Bob_Hudgins) October 28, 2015
I see #Ferguson Police on a video with shots fired on Paddington.— Bob Hudgins (@Bob_Hudgins) October 28, 2015
A witness, Deron Smith, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he saw the chase—he said he didn’t believe the man was holding a gun because he saw him use two hands to climb a fence.
Normandy police do not wear body cameras, according to the Post-Dispatch.
Last year, unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, 2014. The shooting sparked the Ferguson uprising as well as brought national attention to police violence in the U.S. and Black Lives Matter, a movement that started on July 13, 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Update 3:51pm CT, Oct. 29: The suspect, identified as Amonderez Green, has died. According to a Normandy Police Department press release published on Thursday, a local hospital has assessed that Green came in with only one, “self-inflicted” gunshot wound.
NEW: Normandy police issue statement on death of Amonderez Green. Hospital says the only wound was "self-inflicted." pic.twitter.com/Z7DWhYRRsc— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards) October 29, 2015
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