Authorities claimed Friday that an 18-year-old committed suicide and was not injured by any officer's bullets when he exchanged gunfire with police near St Louis.
Amonderez Green of Florissant, Missouri died early Thursday, 14 hours after a confrontation with a Normandy police officer.
Amonderez Green, 18, died early Thursday after a confrontation with a Normandy police officer
Normandy police say Green and an officer exchanged gunfire but neither was struck.
They say Green was suicidal, and ran a short ways before shooting himself.
St. Louis County police are investigating at Normandy's request. County police spokesman Brian Schellman stopped short of declaring Green's death a suicide, saying ballistics testing and an autopsy are pending. But he said Green was not struck by any bullets fired by the Normandy officer.
Green's father, Jermell Simpson, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that reports of suicide are 'a total lie.'
The confrontation was near Ferguson, still on edge 14 months after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed.
Green also was black. The Normandy officer, a 12-year veteran of the department, is white. He is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Normandy police Cpl. Tameika Sanders said there was no question that Green killed himself.
'Mr. Green was never struck by law enforcement gunfire,' Sanders said. 'That's factual information.'
Simpson said although his son had been upset before the shooting, Simpson and other relatives told a responding officer they 'had it covered.' Simpson did not return messages left Thursday by The Associated Press.
Shoot out: Normandy police say Green (pictured left) and an officer exchanged gunfire but neither was struck. They say Green was suicidal, and ran a short ways before shooting himself
Shocked: Jermell Simpson, the father of Amonderez Green, an 18-year-old man who police say exchanged gunfire with an officer, is questioning the account by the local police department that his son killed himself
Interim Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Andre Anderson, right, talks with people Wednesday outside the crime scene tape in Normandy, Missouri
Videos posted to YouTube and other social media sites also questioned the police account of suicide, with some witnesses claiming officers shot Green. But one of them, Dominique Clemons, when reached by The Associated Press, said she would no longer discuss what she saw because the media had misconstrued her earlier comments. She declined to say what was misrepresented.
The incident began around 2pm Wednesday when relatives of Green called police 'seeking police and medical intervention,' police said.
St. Louis County, which handles dispatch services for Normandy, refused to release audio of the 911 call, citing the ongoing investigation.
When confronted by police, Green produced a silver .38-caliber revolver and fired one shot at the Normandy officer, Schellman said.
The officer, his handgun still holstered, tried unsuccessfully to subdue Green with a stun gun, then pulled his own gun and fired three shots. All three missed, Schellman said.
'Wait for the facts to come out,' a Normandy police officer tells a group of men Wednesday at the edge of crime scene tape blocking off access to the area
Authorities say a St. Louis-area officer who exchanged gunfire with an 18-year-old suspect never hit him, even as the suspect's father questioned police claims that the suspect killed himself. Above officers investigate
Green ran and officers chased him on foot before momentarily losing sight of him, police said.
Officers heard one additional gunshot and found Green in another yard 'suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound located under the chin,' Schellman said.
Emergency room workers who later treated Green concluded his only injury 'was the self-inflicted one,' Schellman said.
Police determined that the gun found near Green belonged to a close family friend. Schellman said four spent shell casings and two live rounds were found in the gun.
Three homes that were behind the officers who chased Green were hit by gunfire, with a bullet from one of those residences proven by lab testing to be fired from Green's gun, Schellman said.
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