Report: Myers was shot five to seven times by off-duty officer

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Vonderrit Deondre Myers

Vonderrit Deondre Myers

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The St. Louis Post Dispatch says Vonderrit Myers, Jr., who was shot and killed Wednesday night by an off-duty police officer, was shot five to seven times.

The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. on Shaw Boulevard.  The officer was patrolling an area of the Shaw Neighborhood when this incident unfolded.

Vonderrit Deondre Myers, 18, was fatally shot Wednesday by an off-duty St. Louis police officer, Myers' attorney, Peter Cohen, said Thursday.

Dotson says while working security, the officers` attention was drawn to three African-American males near Shaw and Klemm. When the officer turned around in his car to approach the group, the young men started to run. The officer decided to follow the group in his car. After exiting his vehicle, he ran after a suspect through a gangway. That`s when the three suspects came together again.

According to the chief, one suspect approached the officer in an aggressive manner. The officer told him to stop and surrender but the suspect kept coming at the officer. The two began to fight. The suspect`s hooded sweatshirt came off and he started running up a hill. At that point, the officer noticed the 18-year-old with a 9 millimeter handgun. Dotson says the suspect turned around and fired three shots at the officer.  The officer fired back, shooting and killing the suspect.

The suspect’s 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene. The weapon was reported stolen on September 26th.

Police have issued a press release about the shooting.  Part of their statement says, "Secondary employment allows officers to work security in uniform and carry their department-issued weapons. The officer, while not on duty for the Police Department, still has the same responsibilities and power to affect arrest and the officer operates in the capacity as a St. Louis Police Officer. St. Louis Police Officers work secondary for securities companies, business establishments, sporting events, etc. The Force Investigative Unit responded and is investigating. The investigation is ongoing. "

Police made one arrest during the unrest in  South City. They say two men were putting on ski masks in a parked vehicle at Grand and Russell at around 1am.  They found that one of the suspects, a 32-year-old man,  is a convicted felon and carrying a handgun.  He was arrested.

Vehicles damaged during the protests:

  • 2011 Tahoe - Damage to left fender and hood, broken tail lights
  • 2013 Tahoe - Broken rear glass and side glass
  • 2007 Marquis - Broken rear glass and driver side mirror, damaged door