St. Louis Police Union Reacts to Latest Shaw Shooting Evidence

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More evidence is coming out that supports the police officer’s version of the fatal Shaw neighborhood shooting, and the St. Louis Police Union hopes protestors are willing to listen.

An analysis of Vonderrit Myers’ hands indicated the presence of gunshot residue, as did an analysis of the inner waistband and front and back pockets of his jeans and an analysis of his T-shirt.

Police say gunshot residue and ballistics tests tie the gun to Myers. Police also have social media photos of Myers holding the same make and model gun, with its distinctive black base and sliver slide.

A photo of Vonderrit Myers circulating social media allegedly shows him with a 9mm Smith & Wesson, with a  with a black base and silver slide, found at the scene of his fatal shooting.

A photo of Vonderrit Myers circulating social media allegedly shows him with a 9mm Smith & Wesson, with a with a black base and silver slide, found at the scene of his fatal shooting.

The police union says you just can’t fake that sort of evidence.

“It would have been an incredible conspiracy for the officer to pull off, as it’s been alleged, throwing down or planting a gun that just happened to match the very distinctive gun that was portrayed on social media,” says the police union’s Jeff Roorda.

Roorda says the 9mm Smith & Wesson with a black base and silver slide was Myers’ gun, not some throw-down.

The officer’s attorney, Brian Millikan, says if Myers’ gun hadn’t jammed, he could have gotten off more shots and possibly killed the officer who ended up killing him.

“I do know that there was one round, live round, left in the chamber,” Millikan says. “We do not, however, know how many shots were actually fired. My officer believes it was between five and seven, but things happened so quickly that we can’t really be positive about that.”

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