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Police Chief Speaks Out About Antonio Martin Shooting

| by Charles Roberts

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called a news conference early Wednesday morning to address the police shooting of Antonio Martin.

Martin, 18, was shot by police at a gas station in Berkeley, Missouri, after he allegedly drew a firearm and pointed it at officers.

According the Daily Mail, Belmar told reporters that Martin “was known to law enforcement and had a record of assault and firearm offenses, all committed since he was 17.” Furthermore, police reportedly found a 9mm pistol with a defaced serial number – indicating the gun was stolen.

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“It didn't have to end with him approaching the officer with his arm extended with a 9mm pistol in his hand,” Belmar told reporters.

The officer reportedly fired three shots at Martin; he did not have his body camera on at the time.

We will continue to update this story as more information comes in. 

 Sources: The Daily Mail, CBS / Photo Credit: Brian Kelly via Twitter