Police said the man pulled a handgun on the officer who shot him, according to the report. The shooting took place close to where people were protesting against the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot by police on Saturday. Brown’s death has prompted a federal inquiry, nightly protests in Ferguson and debate around the country.
Police claim that the teen hit the officer who shot him. That account has been disputed by friends and family. Brown would have started college on Monday.
Police spokesman Officer Brian Schellman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Tuesday’s shooting occurred when police responded to a call that shots were fired by four or five men wearing ski masks and carrying handguns near the site of demonstrations.
The man who was shot by the officer was taken to a hospital.