FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Britton Esreal, 19, has been charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action in Tuesday night’s shooting during more unrest in Ferguson.
St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar says the shooting took place at about 1 a.m. at West Florissant and Chambers Road, at a time when county police were responding to reports of four or five men with masks and shotguns in an area where shots were heard.
Belmar says he was near the scene Tuesday and learned there was an officer-involved shooting. Belmar says he spoke to the officer – not to question him, but to ask if he was OK.
He says it’s reasonable to believe that an officer who has a handgun pointed at him at close range is in imminent fear for his life.
The officer who reportedly shot Esrael is described as a seven-year veteran. The officer is on paid administrative leave.
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