Former St. Louis officer testifies during own murder trial

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A white former St. Louis police officer on trial in the 2011 shooting death of a black man says he saw a firearm in the suspect's hand before a chase that preceded the deadly gunfire.

Jason Stockley's testimony Tuesday during his trial on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action counters prosecutors' claims that Stockley planted a gun in Anthony Lamar Smith's car after shooting him.

Stockley told jurors that he and his partner witnessed what they thought was a drug transaction involving 24-year-old Smith, who Stockley says then used his car to twice strike the police vehicle.

Stockley says he saw Smith holding a silver revolver as the man sped away. After a chase, Stockley repeatedly shot Smith.