Update, Thursday 7:30 a.m.:
The area of this afternoon's shooting in Normandy.
According to a press release from the St. Louis County Police Department, Amonderez P. Green, the eighteen-year-old who police say shot himself in the face after firing at officers, has died from his wounds.
Update at 6:15 p.m.:
The Normandy Police Department has released additional details from the hours-old investigation into a shooting that took place this afternoon. The shooting left an eighteen-year-old in critical condition after police said he fired at officers and then turned the gun on himself.
At 2 p.m., officers were called to the 5800 block of Bermuda Drive by the teen's family members. According to a press release, family members had been following him and requested "police and medical intervention." But when officers arrived on the scene, the teen rebuffed their attempts at dialogue and continued walking into the 7700 block of Ellington Drive.
During a subsequent press conference, a Normandy police spokeswoman said that the teen was being "uncooperative" with the officers and his family before pulling a handgun from his waistband and firing at the officers. In response, a Normandy officer deployed his Taser, but when it proved ineffective, the officer opened fire as well. The officer's gunshots missed their target, and the teen ran through backyards in the direction of the 7700 block of Paddington Drive.
"Officers in pursuit of the male momentarily lost sight of him; however, [they] heard one additional gunshot," the press release reported. "As officer turned the corner, they observed the unresponsive male lying on the ground and rendered first aid. The male was transported to an area hospital where his condition is listed as critical."
The Normandy officer who fired at the teen is a twelve-year veteran of the force.
A department spokeswoman, Corporal Tameka Sanders, told reporters that the department would not be releasing the teen's name or information about his medical history. She said it's unclear what sequence of events led the family to call the police, but she urged anyone with knowledge of the incident to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.
All Normady officers are trained in crisis intervention and must take a 40-hour course on how to handle suicidal suspects, Sanders said. The Normandy Police Department does not provide its officers with body cameras.
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Details are still coming in on a shooting in Normandy this afternoon, but here's what we know:
Police say that a man in the north county suburb shot himself in the face after a foot chase and shootout with officers in north county. Normandy Police Chief Frank Mininni told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
that the nearby Ferguson Police Department requested assistance to locate a "suicidal subject" in the area of Paddington and Bermuda drives. When officers arrived, Mininni said, they found the armed man and exchanged gunfire, although no one was hit.
Both a Normandy officer and a Ferguson officer were involved in the "exchange of gunfire," per the Post-Dispatch
, but it remains unclear if one or both opened fire, or what initiated the gun battle to begin with.
The man ran. Officers pursued him to the front yard of a residence close to his home, where police say he shot himself in the face. Police say a gun was recovered at the scene. The man was transported to a hospital and, according to Mininni, is still alive.
The St. Louis County Police Department dispatched personnel to assist in the investigation. They are already on the scene, according to a press release.
However, a Twitter user named Nique2X claims to have witnessed the shooting and is disputing the police account. At 3:52 p.m., she posted a video that includes the sound of a single gunshot and shows officers rushing to the scene. An unknown woman can also be heard screaming, "Don't shoot my baby!"
In an earlier tweet, Nique2X can be heard describing the scene to another bystander or to someone on the phone. An accompanying video
appears to show officers crowding around a man's crumpled body.
"They just popped this nigga," she says. "Now they taping it off."
According to a tweet from the official Ferguson Twitter account, the shooter was not Ferguson officer.
This is a developing story. We will update as we know more.
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