ST. LOUIS (CN) – Vacant houses were burned and police used tear gas on an angry crowd after officers killed an 18-year-old black man in north St. Louis Wednesday afternoon.
Two white police officers shot and killed Mansur Ball-Bey, claiming he pointed a stolen gun at them as they executed a search warrant around 11:30 a.m.
Protesters gathered immediately, many of them already gathered to mark the first anniversary of the police killing of Kajieme Powell , a 25-year-old black man, in the same neighborhood. Powell’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against police last week.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson on Wednesday said police used smoke bombs and then tear gas to break up the crowd after being barraged with bricks, water bottles and other objects. Dotson said he also heard gunshots.
Protesters set a vacant building and car on fire and burned an American flag.
Several people were arrested.
The area of unrest is 8 miles southwest of Ferguson.
On Sunday, a 93-year-old man was carjacked and in July a toddler shot himself in the head after finding a loaded handgun on the same block where Ball-Bey was killed. The toddler survived.
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