St. Louis police fatally shot a black teenager on Wednesday who they say pointed a gun at them, and later faced angry crowds, reigniting racial tensions first sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teen in another Missouri town a year ago.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the shooting took place when young black men ran out the back door of a house where officers were carrying out a search warrant.

Officers ordered the pair to stop in an alley behind the house. One suspect pointed a gun at officers who then fired four times, killing him, Dotson said.

Crowds gathered at a nearby intersection shortly after the shooting and then again in the evening. After the shooting 9 people were arresting for disorderly conduct and blocking traffic.

The officers involved in the shooting were white, and have been on the force for 7 years.


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