Among those questioning the police is Twitter user Nique2X (now identified as Dominique Clemons), who claims she was outside when the shooting went down in north St. Louis County. In a widely shared video she uploaded to Twitter, an out-of-frame woman screams, "Don't shoot my baby" as a single gunshot goes off. (A man's voice, less distinct on the video, can also be heard shouting something that sounds like, "Don't kill me, oh god.")
But Clemons is far from the only voice raising questions about what happened to Amonderez P. Green, the eighteen-year-old who, according to statements from the Normandy Police Department, shot at officers before turning the gun on himself. After Green was transported to a hospital, he reportedly died from his wounds.
Video taken by Clemons and other bystanders in the immediate aftermath reveals the raw anguish of two parents learning their son has been shot. A clip taken by Darren Seals shows Jermell Simpson, Green's father, insisting that his son did not attempt suicide and was in fact shot by Ferguson police officers. If that's true, it would contradict statements from Normandy and Ferguson police departments claiming the teen was shot at by a Normandy officer (although Ferguson officers have acknowledged being on the scene).
"It was Ferguson," Simpson says on the video, his voice shaking with emotion. "When he start running, Ferguson start shooting."
Another alleged eyewitness, who has not been identified, appears on a video claiming that she saw two police officers shoot Green from a standing position about six or seven feet away. She said did not see Green holding a gun.
"I seen two police officers in dark uniforms chasing the young man. He had a red and yellow and orange jacket, fleece, and he was running. He stopped right there near a brown pole....he grabbed on it and as he was ready to turn around, the police officer were not even six, seven feet away, and stood over him and shot him dead in his face.
"The police did not shoot down at him," the woman added, "[the officer] was right at eye level as he shot him twice. The boy fell, he fell back."
In a second video, the same woman says it was Ferguson officers who shot Green, not Normandy officers.
Several videos uploaded by Sabrina Webb (a cousin of Michael Brown) appear to show the heartbreaking moments when Green's parents learned of the shooting. One clip shows officers attempting to lift — and then drag — Green's mother as she thrashes and begs for information about her son.
During a Tuesday press conference, a Normandy police spokeswoman declined to address claims that Green was shot by police. Instead, she asked that anyone with information about the shooting contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341.
Update, 1:45 p.m.: TheSt. Louis County Police Department released a statement this afternoon containing additional details about the silver revolver that police say Green used in the shooting. According to the statement, Green shot at officers multiple times and, after fleeing, shot himself under the chin. An investigation determined that the gun belonged to a "close family associate of" Green's. (A tweet from St. Louis County Police Department clarified that the gun belonged to someone close to the family, but not a family member.)
An autopsy is pending, but emergency room personnel apparently assessed the fatal gunshot as a "contact wound," which is usually indicative of suicide.
The full press release:
On October 28, 2015, at 2:32 pm, the Normandy Police Department requested the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons to assist in an officer involved shooting in the 7700 block of Ellington, within the city limits of Normandy. The incident began with the suspect interacting with the Ferguson Police Department in their venue as a probable CIT case, at the request of the suspect's immediate family. Initial reports were the suspect was suicidal and refused to communicate with family members who had discovered him walking in this area.
Numerous attempts were made to communicate with the suspect as he walked on Bermuda Avenue by Officers of the Ferguson and Normandy Police Departments. It should be noted that the suspect's mother, mother's boyfriend and father were present for parts of this incident. The suspect continued on Ellington from Bermuda where a confrontation occurred in the front yard of a residence in the 7700 block of Ellington. There, the suspect produced a silver revolver and began firing shots at the officer's present. A Normandy Police Department officer deployed his Taser as his firearm was still holstered. Having no effect, the same officer produced his firearm and fired three times as the suspect began to flee across the front yard.
All three shell casings fired were recovered from the front yard of a residence in the 7700 block of Ellington. This single Normandy Police Officer was the only officer on scene that fired his weapon during this incident. As the suspect fled, he traveled through the rear yards of Ellington towards Paddington. While doing so, he fired an additional shot at the officers giving chase. Officers momentarily lost sight of the suspect as he entered a front yard in the 7700 block of Paddington. Officers heard one additional shot from that area. Responding to the area, they discovered the suspect down in the front yard suffering from what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound located under the chin.
The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for treatment. He is identified as:
Amonderez P. Green
Address: 80 Lynn Meadows, Florissant, MO 63033
An independent civilian witness told detectives he observed the suspect running through a backyard in the 7700 block
of Paddington carrying a silver revolver.
The investigation revealed the suspect's weapon to be a 6 shot, .38 caliber revolver, which was recovered at the scene. The weapon contained 4 spent shell casings and 2 live rounds. Three separate residences, that were behind the officers positions during the foot pursuit, were struck by gunfire. A projectile recovered from a residence is a ballistic match to the suspect’s firearm. Through further investigation, the revolver recovered at the scene from the suspect was determined to belong to a close family associate of the suspect. The assessment at the hospital by emergency room personnel indicated the suspect's only wound was the self inflicted one. It was a contact wound located under the suspect’s chin. None of the Normandy Officer’s rounds struck the suspect. The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons received notification from medical personnel at the hospital pronouncing the suspect deceased at 4:29 AM. An autopsy is pending.
The St. Louis County Police Department is asking that anyone who may have been a witness or has any information whatsoever regarding this case to please contact our department immediately.