Vonderrit Myers' family to release autopsy

3 years 11 months 3 days ago Thursday, October 23 2014 Oct 23, 2014 Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:38:35 AM CDT October 23, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Relatives of Vonderrit Myers Jr., the 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer on Oct. 8, will release results of an independent autopsy.

KTVI-TV reports that the family plans to release the results Thursday afternoon. Pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht performed the autopsy.

The officer was off-duty working in security for a neighborhood when his suspicion was aroused because Myers ran after seeing him. The officer gave chase and the two scuffled. Police say Myers pulled a gun and shot at the officer, who returned fire, killing Myers. The family has said they believe Myers was unarmed.

The shooting of the black teenager by a white officer drew comparisons to the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer in August. Like Brown's death, it spurred several demonstrations.

 

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