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St. Louis Protesters Burn American Flags, Clash With Police After Black Teen Killed

The demonstrations came a day after an officer shot a man, sparking street clashes between police and protesters. Eight protesters were arrested.

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St. Louis police spokeswoman Schorn Jackson said eight people were arrested during the overnight protests in the city. Five were arrested on accusations of unlawful assembly, two for alleged property damage, and one for marijuana possession, CNN reported.

One officer sustained minor injuries, and two police cruisers were damaged, Jackson said.

One day after an off-duty St. Louis police officer killed a teenager, protesters marched through the streets of the city and burned American flags.

The protest happened in the area around Grand Boulevard and Arsenal Street, near the location where the officer shot and killed Vonderrit Myers Wednesday night.

The flag burning happened early in the evening:

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#shawshooting "Burn, baby, burn!"

By late Thursday, an autopsy indicated that Myers died from a bullet wound to the right cheek, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He also was hit six to seven times in the lower extremities. He did not have any wounds in the back of his head.

The officer who shot Myers still hadn't been identified Thursday, but his attorney told the Post-Dispatch he was lucky to be alive. The officer was on administrative leave.

After releasing some details about the shooting hours after it happened, police offered more information Thursday. In a statement issued to BuzzFeed News, police said the officer fired at Myers after getting into a physical altercation. Myers then ran, police said, and fired three shots at the officer, who shot back 17 times.

As Thursday night wore on, demonstrators continued marching through the streets.

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The Post-Dispatch also tracked down new details about Myers Thursday, reporting that he worked in a warehouse and participated in a "virtual education program" last year. Myers also reportedly attended the Confluence Charter Schools between 2005 and 2012.

Just minutes before the altercation that ended with his death, Myers purchased a turkey sandwich and drink at Shaw Market. The manager knew Myers and, according to the paper, didn't believe he had a gun at the time because it didn't fit his personality.

Though tweets from early Thursday evening indicated a minimal police presence, officers eventually began forming lines and donning riot gear.

Images from the scene also showed arrests taking place.

Crowd won't let EMS near woman. Claim she was assaulted. Several incidents have been caught on tape.

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Crowd won't let EMS near woman. Claim she was assaulted. Several incidents have been caught on tape.

8:24 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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SWAT is a few blocks up from where the main crowd is. Police are everywhere.

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SWAT is a few blocks up from where the main crowd is. Police are everywhere.

8:38 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Eventually, police reportedly began using pepper spray.

They're tear gassing. #shawshooting

#shawshooting Cops wielding cans of pepper spray order protesters off the street. Cops wrestle man to ground.

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#shawshooting Cops wielding cans of pepper spray order protesters off the street. Cops wrestle man to ground.

8:18 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police have everything blocked off where they're trapping protesters and pepper spraying

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Police have everything blocked off where they're trapping protesters and pepper spraying

8:48 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#shawshooting some passing out, pregnant woman sprayed

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#shawshooting some passing out, pregnant woman sprayed

8:20 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pictures from the scene appeared to show a store window broken by a protester.

#shawshooting Protester just broke out glass doo of Medicine Shoppe at Grand and Hartford

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#shawshooting Protester just broke out glass doo of Medicine Shoppe at Grand and Hartford

8:40 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Medicine Shoppe door at Hartford and Grand #stl

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Medicine Shoppe door at Hartford and Grand #stl

8:46 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police reported late Thursday that a knife was thrown at an officer, hitting him in the shoulder.

Knife that was thrown at police officer at Grand and Arsenal. #kmov

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Knife that was thrown at police officer at Grand and Arsenal. #kmov

9:18 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIGHT NOW: @ChiefSLMPD says a knife was thrown at officers, hit one in the shoulder. 2 arrests so far #shawshooting

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RIGHT NOW: @ChiefSLMPD says a knife was thrown at officers, hit one in the shoulder. 2 arrests so far #shawshooting

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Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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