BERKELEY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Theodore Hoskins, the mayor of Berkeley, Missouri, held a press conference Tuesday morning to update the public on the internal investigation regarding a fatal officer-involved shooting which occurred last week.
According to police, a Berkeley Police Officer shot and killed 18-year-old Antonio Martin after he showed a gun to the officer in the parking lot of a Mobil On The Run gas station in the 6800 block of North Hanley.
Hours after the shooting occurred, Hoskins announced the city of Berkeley would conduct an independent, thorough investigation into the shooting.
During Tuesday's news conference, Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said the department spoke with “several witnesses” who said they saw Martin point a gun at the unidentified police officer before the shooting occurred. McCall said he spoke to a man who was with Martin when the shooting occurred and he was among the witnesses who said Martin had a gun.
McCall said Martin’s gun may not have fired because the safety was turned on.
“Its’ speculative, but in my experience that weapons does have a weapon has a safety,” McCall said. “It’s my opinion weapon did not fire cause safety was not released, if safety had been released, we might be talking about more than one death, maybe even two.”
Officials said an ambulance arrived on the scene within seven minutes of the shooting and paramedics ran an EKG on Martin before pronouncing him dead at 11:28 p.m.
Hoskins said the officer’s name will not be released. He said the officer is struggling with what happened and noted he “needs professional help.”