Lab tests show gunshot residue on Vonderrit Myers

AP News
Posted: Oct 14, 2014 4:28 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lab tests by the Missouri State Highway Patrol show gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband and shirt of an 18-year-old killed by a St. Louis police officer.

St. Louis police announced the test results Tuesday. Police union leaders say it dispels any claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer in the Oct. 8 confrontation.

Relatives of Myers have said he was unarmed. Myers' father, Vonderrit Myers Sr., declined comment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, leaders of the St. Louis Police Officers' Association cited photos on social media showing Myers with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson gun, identical to the one police say Myers used to shoot at the officer.

Myers' death came about two months after an officer in nearby Ferguson fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old.