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No charges to be filed against officer in VonDerrit Myers' shooting death

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Protesters march down a street blocking traffic Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, a day after Vonderrit D. Myers was shot and killed (AP Images) Protesters march down a street blocking traffic Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, a day after Vonderrit D. Myers was shot and killed (AP Images)
People gather to remember Vonderrit D. Myers, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in St. Louis. Police say Myers was shot Wednesday after he opened fire on a white, off-duty officer, but Myers' parents say he was unarmed. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) People gather to remember Vonderrit D. Myers, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in St. Louis. Police say Myers was shot Wednesday after he opened fire on a white, off-duty officer, but Myers' parents say he was unarmed. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office on Monday announced no charges will be filed against the officer who shot and killed VonDerrit Myers Jr. in south St. Louis on October 8, 2014.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said the investigation included five attorneys from the Circuit Attorney's Office and one assistant federal prosecutor. Joyce also said her office's investigation was independent of the police and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

A news release from the Circuit Attorney's Office stated that the investigation determined Myers produced a firearm and fired shots at the off-duty officer. Multiple witnesses stated there was gunfire coming from both directions and from two different guns at the scene. Ballistics evidence confirmed that two different guns were fired at the scene, according to the report.

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“This is a tragic situation for our entire community, and my thoughts and prayers remain with the Myers family. I know their loss is heartbreaking,” said Circuit Attorney Joyce in the news release. “I want to express my appreciation to the community for its patience. This is a challenging time for law enforcement across the country, and I believe in the power of the community and law enforcement working together to keep our community safe.” 

Myers was shot by an officer in the Shaw neighborhood of south St. Louis after he fired shots at the St. Louis officer before the policeman returned fire, killing Myers. The officer was off duty and working for a private security company at the time. As a result of the shooting, there were protests in the Shaw neighborhood.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said in a statement Monday that he has confidence in the findings of the investigation. He added, "we appreciate the community's patience as this investigation was conducted and commend the dedicated and thorough work of both the Circuit Attorney's Office and the Force Investigative Unit. I have pledged transparency to the citizens of St. Louis and am committed to upholding this promise."

The Myers family and it's attorney strongly disagreed with Joyce's conclusion to not charge the officer, saying that Myers was not armed, and was shot seven times in the back. The family also insists that the officer had no probable cause to stop Myers on the night of the shooting.

"We were hoping that she (Joyce) did the right thing based on the evidence but we expected this because we have no confidence in the system, the whole system is broken," said Syretta Myers, VonDerrit Myers' mother.

"There was no reason to approach VonDerrit. All he was doing was walking up the street and this officer initiated this and then killed him," said Myers family attorney Jerryl Christmas.

The family said it also unhappy that Joyce's office notified the family of its decision to not the charge the officer only a few minutes before the public found out. Christmas said the family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the St. Louis Police Department.

A spokesman for Joyce's office told News 4 it regrets the timing of the announcement and welcomes a chance to meet with the Myers family.

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