Report: St. Louis teen killed by police was shot in back

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Mansur Ball-Bey. (Pictures courtesy of the family)

Mansur Ball-Bey. (Pictures courtesy of the family)

An autopsy shows that a black man killed in a shooting by police in St. Louis on Wednesday died from a wound in the back, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday, citing police officials.

Police have said that Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, pointed a gun at them before officers opened fire. St. Louis police Chief Sam Dotson said that the wound’s location doesn’t confirm or disprove the officers’ account that Ball-Bey pointed a gun, according to the Post-Dispatch.

“Just because he was shot in the back doesn’t mean he was running away,” Dotson said, according to the Post-Dispatch on Friday. “It could be, and I’m not saying that it doesn’t mean that. I just don’t know yet.”

Wednesday’s shooting sparked demonstrations that night, with protesters throwing bricks and bottles at officers, and people setting a car on fire and burglarizing businesses, according to police.

Ball-Bey’s death comes amid tense relations between police and some residents in St. Louis following last year’s shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

By Jason Hanna, CNN

CNN’s Ben Brumfield and Dana Ford contributed to this report.