The officer claims the victim fired at him, but witnesses say he was unarmed.
The officer chased one of the men, later identified as Vonderrick Myers Jr., and claims the teenager jumped out of some bushes, struggled with him, then pulled out a gun and shot at him. The officer says he returned fire, killing Myers.
Several witnesses say Myers was unarmed. "He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun," said Teyonna Myers, the victim’s cousin. “It’s like Michael Brown all over again.”
According to relatives at the scene of the shooting, which is about a 25 minute drive from Ferguson, Myers worked in a warehouse and attended high school. “My nephew was coming out of a store from purchasing a sandwich. Security was supposedly searching for someone else. They Tased him,” said Jackie Williams, who said he talked with several witnesses. “I don’t know how this happened, but they went off and shot him 16 times. That’s outright murder.”
Lavell Boyd, who lives nearby, told the Post-Dispatch that he heard 14 or 15 shots while on his way to get food at a nearby store. "When I pulled up I saw the cop standing over him (Myers) then he pointed the gun at everyone else telling everyone to get back while he was searching for another clip," Boyd said.