Violence erupts again after killing of black Missouri teen
Violence again erupted in the St. Louis area near the site of the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, according to local police.
Early on Wednesday, a police officer shot and critically wounded a man who drew a handgun near the site of protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a St. Louis County Police Department officer said.
Police responded about an hour after midnight to reports of four or five men with shotguns and wearing ski masks.
They encountered multiple suspects running, one of whom pulled a gun on an officer, who fired at him, the county officer said.
The man was taken to an area hospital.
Police keep watch while demonstrators (not pictured) protest the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Shortly after midnight, police fired tear gas into protesters who had confronted a line of officers after a far larger crowd dispersed, St. Louis County Police Department spokesman Brian Schellman said.
A photograph in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed a protester wearing a shirt with an American flag printed on it throwing a tear gas container back at the police.
There were other media reports of bottles thrown at police, Reuters reported.
The incidents followed two nights of violent protests, looting and arrests in Ferguson, the largely black St. Louis suburb where the shooting of Brown took place.
Ms Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, raises her hands during a gathering to calm tension at a church in St. Louis, Missouri
President Barack Obama promised a full investigation by the US Department of Justice into the teenager’s death.
Friends and family of Brown held a peaceful church vigil on Tuesday night, after his father pleaded for an end to the violence.
Several hundred protesters appeared to heed the calls for non-violence late on Tuesday evening.
They chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” and “no justice, no peace” during a tense but ultimately peaceful stand-off with police clad in riot gear and flanked by armoured vehicles near the site of Brown’s death.
The protesters, some of whom waved signs as the group was led in chants by megaphone, had dwindled to a handful before midnight.
Watch the video of protesters looting a shop here