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18-year-old man who was shot and killed by an off-duty St. Louis police officer last week had gunpowder residue on his hands and clothes, according to forensic information released Tuesday.
Vonderrit Myers Jr.’s death on Oct. 8 has drawn scrutiny in St. Louis and in the national media after his family alleged that he was holding a sandwich and not a gun when an officer fired at him 17 times, hitting him seven or eight times.
Police said Myers first fired three times at the officer and missed after a chase and a struggle.
The gunpowder tests conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol showed residue on Myers’ hands, shirt and the inside of his waistband, according to a release from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The department said the residue was not necessarily definitive proof that Myers had fired a gun.
“Individuals shot at close range can have gunshot residue deposited onto their hands,” the statement said. “The presence of gunshot residue on the jeans and shirt could be from being in the environment of a discharged weapon or coming in contact with an object with gunshot residue on it.”
Personally I don't think this proves that he fired three shots at the officer, but it does indicate that he fired his weapon at least once prior to his shootout with the cop that day. If there was gunshot residue inside his waistband, then that means at some point that day, he fired the gun then put it away, which was more than likely a separate incident.
...had gunshot residue on his hand, the inner waistband of his jeans, and on his T-shirt. Police had earlier announced they had recovered a 9mm handgun, reported stolen on September 26, at the scene of the shooting.