BERKELEY, MO (KTVI)- Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins along with Police Chief Frank McCall held a news conference Tuesday morning to give an update on the internal investigation regarding the shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin. Martin was shot an killed by a Berkeley police officer on December 23rd at the Mobil gas station in the 6800 block of North Hanley Road.
An independent investigation performed by St. Louis County Police confirmed that Martin pulled a gun on the officer who was responding to the call for shoplifting.
During the conference, Police Chief Frank McCall said the individual who was with Martin at the time confirmed the same. He told police that he fled for fear of his life because he didn’t know if he would be shot.
Police say several witnesses also said Martin was armed and did attempt to fire his weapon at the officer.
Timeline of events:
11:11p.m. -Berkeley Police Department received call for service for shoplifting
11:12p.m. -Second call dispatched- advised of incident with suspect description
11:14p.m. -Officer arrived on scene
11:15p.m.- Advised shots had been fired-
11:16p.m. –First assist unit arrived on the scene & Ems was requested by officer’s on the scene. Supervisor arrived on the scene as well
11:17p.m.- EMS was contacted by Berkeley Communications Dispatch
11:19p.m.- Unknown female called 911 requesting an ambulance for Mr. Martin- She was advised that they were en route
11:21p.m.- Berkeley Fire & Paramedics arrived on the scene and began treating Mr. Martin
11:24p.m. –Berkeley Fire & Paramedics began conducting EKG monitoring
11:28p.m. –Berkeley Fire & Paramedics confirmed Mr. Martin was lifeless- His body was covered.
11:28p.m. -Berkeley Fire & Paramedics contacted Christian North East Hospital. His time of death was declared.
11:35p.m. -Mr. Martin was positively identified by family members
12:40a.m. -Medical Examiner arrived on the scene
2:00a.m. -Body was logged in at the Medical Examiner’s Office
Authorities say the Berkeley police officer feared for his life and as a result fired three shots at Martin.