Berkeley Police Chief: Witnesses Say Antonio Martin Pointed Gun at Officer

Berkeley Police Chief: Witnesses Say Antonio Martin Pointed Gun at Officer

Several witnesses at the scene of the police shooting death of Antonio Martin in Berkeley, Mo., last week, confirmed that he pointed a gun at the officer, Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said at a press conference Tuesday.

Published December 30, 2014

Several witnesses at the scene of the police shooting death of Antonio Martin in Berkeley, Mo., last week, confirmed that he pointed a gun at the officer, Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said at a press conference Tuesday.

Berkeley's mayor, Theodore Hoskins, said the name of the officer would not be disclosed because he "is having a trying time handling" the events. He remains on paid administrative leave. McCall gave a timeline of the incident in an effort to be transparent with residents of the city and to avoid further unrest in the city.

At 11 p.m., Berkeley police received a call concerning shoplifting. At 11:12 p.m., an officer was given a description of a suspect that matched Martin. At 11:15 p.m., the officer arrived on scene and advised that shots had been fired. A minute later, the first assisting officer arrived.

The officer fired three rounds while retreating, after Martin allegedly raised his weapon. The assisting officer kicked the weapon. Authorities also interviewed the individual that was with Martin that night, who fled because he feared that "he would be shot." He will not face any charges.

Another account was given to dismantle rumors that Martin's body was not properly handled after he was killed. At 11:16 p.m., an EMS was requested by officers. A woman on the scene also requested an ambulance. Paramedics arrived on scene at 11:21 p.m. to treat Martin.

Three minutes later, Berkeley paramedics performed EKG monitoring on Martin. At 11:28 p.m., he was pronounced dead and his body was covered.

The officer had a body camera, but it was not turned on. Officials reiterated that they only have three body cameras for officers and that they are still in testing mode.

Mayor Hoskins also spoke out against "disruptive protesters" in reference to those who blocked highways on Monday night. One protester, Joshua Williams, 19, was charged Saturday with arson, second-degree burglary and stealing less than $500 at the QuikTrip in Berkeley, the Associated Press reports.

There have been a total of eight arrests made in demonstrations following Martin's death. Four have been charged with assaulting police officers. Four are charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.

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(Photo: Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP Photo)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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