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FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown came after an altercation with police.

Belmar said at a news conference Sunday morning that a Ferguson Police officer had an encounter with two people. He says one person allegedly pushed the officer back into patrol car and assaulted the officer.

He says there was a struggle over the officers' weapon and one shot was fired in the car. The officer then got out of his vehicle and shot at "a subject."

He says the man suffered more than a couple gunshots, but "not many more than that."

Belmar says the officer has been with the department for six years and he wasn't aware of other issues involving.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A local NAACP chapter has called for a federal investigation into the death of a black teenager who was shot by police in a St. Louis suburb.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed Saturday afternoon near his grandmother's house by a Ferguson police officer. St. Louis County police have not given a reason for the shooting, which happened in a predominantly black suburb a few miles north of downtown St. Louis.

After the shooting, a confrontation between police and hundreds of neighborhood residents lasted several hours, with shouts of "kill the police." At the height of the post-shooting tensions, police called for about 60 other units to respond to the area in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 residents, about two-thirds of whom are black.

The St. Louis County Police are investigating the shooting. But John Gaskin, a member of the St. Louis County NAACP, said the FBI should get involved "to protect the integrity of the investigation."

He alluded to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was subsequently acquitted of murder charges, as well as the New York man who died from a police chokehold after he was confronted for selling individual cigarettes.

"With the recent events of a young man killed by the police in New York City and with Trayvon Martin and with all the other African-American young men that have been killed by police officers ... this is a dire concern to the NAACP, especially our local organization," Gaskin said.

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she would ask the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for a formal investigation.

Brown's grandmother, Desiree Harris, said she saw him running in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Just minutes later, she heard a commotion and went outside to check on it. She found Brown's body less than two blocks away.

"When I got up there, my grandson was lying on the pavement. I asked the police what happened. They didn't tell me nothing."

Harris said her grandson had recently graduated high school and was looking forward to the future.

"My grandson never even got into a fight," she said. "He was just looking forward to getting on with his life. He was on his way."

Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, had harsh words Saturday for authorities: "You're not God, you don't get to decide when you get to take somebody from here," she told KSDK.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told the Post-Dispatch that the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.

"We are hoping for calm and for people to give us a chance to conduct a thorough investigation," Jackson said.

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  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    August 10, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

    What time of day did this happen?

  • LR1955
    August 10, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.

    ......Saturday afternoon........

  • Populist
    August 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

    I hope the authorities do a tox screen on the officer as well as the victim. Nobody should jump to conclusions until more information is available.

  • cliffcarson
    August 10, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.

    Notice something here? Same old thing. Give the Police a little time and they can get out THEIR story which always has the Police as innocent as the driven snow. And the Media can be counted on to juice the story a little - in this story?

    Did you happen to notice: "He alluded to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was subsequently acquitted of murder charges, as well as the New York man who died from a police chokehold after he was confronted for selling individual cigarettes."

    You might remember that the New York City man was killed for "illegal selling doped cigarettes" - a charge that after his death turned out not to be true. So he was killed for doing nothing illegally. So papers you should get it right.

    Martin was killed by a person who did everything he was not supposed to do, and then lied about his knowledge of the "Stand Your Ground" law on TV before the trial, at the trial, and also lied about his financial status so he could make money off the killing, meanwhile his Fox Network friends kept the propaganda flowing so you thought Martin and his family was the baddest of the bad, welfare cheats, uneducated, lazy, unemployed, "nere-do- wells, living" off the good tax paying white folk. Turns out the Martins were college educated and long time employed human beings.

    Witnesses at the scene in Ferguson stated there was was nothing but words that passed between the police and the victim prior to the shooting.

  • 000
    August 10, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.

    As our society controls more and more of every facet of our lives, maintaining a police state in order to control the living becomes more and more of an issue. We are not moving towards Utopia, folks. We are moving towards Draconia. Come on, Proglibs, send us about a million more laws, we don't have enough yet. I can still breath without someone measuring my effect on global warming and penalizing me. (or can I?)

  • Populist
    August 10, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

    We do not yet know what happened. Initial reports and witnesses can be slanted. Let's not convict the police without facts.

  • cliffcarson
    August 10, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.


    Witnesses say he had his hands in the air when he was shot.

  • RaylanGivens
    August 10, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.

    Cliff-were those witnesses the ones who were chanting "kill the cops?" I would trust these witnesses as much as I do the cops, but it appears your mind is made up. Good for you, I will wait for the actual facts.

  • RaylanGivens
    August 10, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

    Cliff-also please tell us how many times the 350# resisting arrest 43 year old man had been arrested in his life. You want the paper to get it right, but you don't want ALL of the facts. That's what makes it so funny when liberals whine about Fox News and facts; they are afraid Fox is stealing their tricks.

  • HM2
    August 10, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

    The NAACP wants the FBI to investigate, what a joke, the justice department is run by an even more corrupt Eric Holder, who is run by an even more corrupt Barak Obama.Listen: when you attack a police officer your going to get hurt, you've got it coming and what ever happens happens. this thug got what he deserved. and screw the NAACP.