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Protesters block off I-170, multiple people arrested

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By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell
By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell

 BERKELEY, Mo.--According to Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall, at least a dozen people have been arrested after protesters blocked off part of I-170 in Berkeley Wednesday night. 

The protest comes less than 24 hours after Antonio Martin was killed by a police officer at the Mobil gas station in Berkeley. Surveillance shows Martin pointing what looks to be a gun at the officer and a weapon was recovered from the scene. 

Chief McCall says that Martin and the man seen with him in the surveillance video were suspects in the larceny call that brought the officer to the Mobil. 

Protesters began at the Mobil gas station, where the officer involved shooting that left Antonio Martin took place, and moved onto I-170 before returning to the gas station. Protester's then participated in a "die-in" in the gas station parking lot. 

Chief McCall says they will allow protesting because they understand the emotions of the situation, but cannot let protesters disturb the peace. 

According to McCall, some protesters attempted to break into a beauty supply store near the Mobil, but he was unsure if anything was taken from the store.

After Martin's death Tuesday the QuikTrip across the street from scene was looted. 

McCall says police are still searching for the person of interest seen in the video with Martin, as well as the people responsible for looting and burning the QuikTrip. 

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