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A St. Louis-area black teen was shot 17 times by police last night

Police shot and killed a teenager in St. Louis Wednesday night, just 12 miles from where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson in early August.

Police say 18-year-old Vonderrick Myers and two other people fled when an off-duty officer, in uniform but working for a private security firm, approached them. The officer gave chase, but what happened next is hotly debated. Police say Myers pulled out a gun and fired at the officer. Witnesses say it was only a sandwich.

The police and witnesses have different stories