NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Police have released body camera footage after they say a teen committed suicide in a Normandy neighborhood in October.
The story made headlines after police say Amonderez Green, 18, shot at officers near Ferguson before he took his own life. The body camera footage sets the scene before and after the shooting.
The first clip shows Amonderez Green walking down the street. His family called police and medical personnel to the area because they said he was suicidal.
"What's going on with you man? Can I talk to you a minute?" asks the officer wearing the body camera.
"I'm not doing anything illegal. I feel like I'm being harassed." said Green.
"We're just concerned about you. We're just trying to make sure you're OK." said the officer.
A man can be heard saying off camera, "He is pissed off right now. He doesn't want to talk to anybody."
Police said Green fired shots at the officers in the 7700 block of Ellington. A Normandy officer deployed his taser, but it had no effect. The same officer then fired three shots but missed the teenager. The police report from St. Louis County indicated those were the only shots fired by police.
The initial report from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner and St. Louis County Police indicated the 18-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound located under his chin. On Wednesday St. Louis County police said they stand by that report, but the investigation is still underway.
The second clip shows Amonderez Green's on the ground. Police and medical professionals are attending to him.
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS IMAGES AND LANGUAGE THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTURBING
The mother of a teenager who police say committed suicide in a Normandy neighborhood last month is convinced her son was killed by a police officer.
These videos were released after FOX 2's exclusive report. Lakea Green asked why police body camera video from Ferguson officers has not been made public.
Lakea Green and her husband Anthony Cosentino are raising questions about the investigation into the shooting death of her son Amonderez Green.
The family said it arranged for a second, independent autopsy and is now waiting for the results. Green’s immediate family believes police shot him and it was not a suicide.
The St. Louis County Police said the bullet recovered during the autopsy was fired from a .38 caliber revolver. Police recovered a .38 caliber revolver at the scene near the suspect. The gun belonged to Green’s step father, Anthony Cosentino.
Cosentino said he believed his weapon would have done a lot more damage if it had been fired at close range. “That’s why I feel it wasn’t a suicide,” he said. He also questioned the lack of gun residue on the young man’s shirt.
Cosentino said he had been following Amonderez that afternoon after he had appeared upset and refused to talk to him.
This is a log of the audio from the second video:
"Do you have the gun? Yeah, its here behind me."
"Does he still have a pulse? "
"You are going to need cars over there. They’re going nuts, on Ellington. We need to block these streets off, we don’t want anyone coming in either way."
"Got a gun over here."
"I saw him draw the gun, he started shooting, and I saw him running this way. I came around tried to cut him off."
"It’s a revolver, it’s a revolver."
"I saw him shoot about two or three times."
"He was just about where my Tahoe is, just right even or to the right of it. A straight path down? Came down, going west and he cut through this yard right here, where the family is."
"He was walking down Bermuda. We were following him, followed him, turned right on Ellington. He walked with a gun. No he had it concealed. And they decided to get a hold of him, he pulled it out and started shooting and he ran, from right over there on Ellington, across there, by the time we got here."
"Did you guys fire? I was in the car, I don’t know. I think he did, I think Normandy did. There’s no casings on his behalf because he had a revolver. Do we need to start looking for casings? The casings would be over in the yard on Ellington.
"Family was following him. And they followed him basically all the way down from Argon, he turned right here on Ellington. In a car? No, he was walking. The family tried to get him in the car, he walked down, let me show you. Normandy and a couple of our guys got out and tried to talk him into the car, family was right there, pulled a gun out of his waist band, fired a couple of shots at us, he ran, through there, Normandy may have fired. I was in the car, I spun around to try to cut him off, when I got here, he was right there, self-inflicted."
"I saw him pull a gun out and start shooting at officers."
[Other officer, not the one wearing body cam, talking to detective] "What happened was, we went to make contact, I think it was you and another officer, he ran, I went to grab him, said freeze, he turned around and pulled his gun out, shot right at me and him. How did the gun get here? He ran, we found him over here. The gun was actually right here, it was self inflicted, I moved the gun away from him. So you moved it over here? Yeah, it was right here by him. (short pause) I did not shoot."