Mike Brown, 18, was fatally shot on Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Rioting and looting erupted late on Sunday and spread to neighboring towns as protests over the killing of a black teenager by a police officer turned violent, police said. Crowds broke the windows of cars and stores, set a building alight and looted shops following a day of demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old shot on Saturday by a Ferguson police officer, Brown was unarmed, police said.
According to St. Louis County Police, Brown was walking when an officer in a police car approached him. When the officer tried to exit his vehicle, police said, Brown pushed the officer back into the car. Brown then tried to get into the car, and an altercation ensued. At least one shot was fired from inside the car, police said. Brown exited the car, whereupon he was shot at least once more.
Belmar said it was not known exactly how many times Brown was shot. “It was more than just a couple of times, but not much more,” he said, according to St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV.
The crowd was initially hostile toward police officers responding to the shooting, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told the Post-Dispatch. “There were some shots fired while we were here,” he said. More than 60 police arrived at the scene, and the crowd was eventually dispersed.