ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Police are back on the scene following Sunday's officer involved shooting of a 14-year-old who police say shot at them first. The latest word from police is that the young man is still hospitalized and stable. He is awake and able to speak. We do not know what, if anything, he has told police.
Investigators returned to the scene of the shooting in the 5000 block of Beacon for several hours Monday. that's in the Walnut Park East Neighborhood. They called in the Forestry Division to trim the tall grass in a vacant lot so they could use metal detectors and a search dog to look for for shell casings. Several were located but it is not yet known what gun they may have come from or if they were from even from Sunday's incident.
Police say the 14-year-old ran from them and then shot at them after they attempted to question him about a carjacking late last month. Shortly after the shooting Police Chief Sam Dotson offered concerned residents his officers' version of the events.
In the neighborhood Monday we had a hard time finding anyone willing to be interviewed. Jeanette Jones, who says she tries hard to keep her young grandson from getting into trouble on the streets, also says she wishes more parents would do the same.
"I just think some parents need to step up. We can't watch them every minute. But if you teach them the right way, they won't be out here doing this," said Jeanette Jones.
The officers were not wearing body cameras and there is no dash cam video available. The Chief says there are witnesses who heard the officers identify themselves and order the teenager to get down.
Police also say they found a semi-automatic pistol at the scene used by the teenager to fire at the officers. The serial number had been defaced.
The officers were not injured. Both are white. The teenager is African-American.