Top

blog

Stories

 

Britton Esreal, Teen Shot by Police in Ferguson, Charged with Assault, Pulling a Gun on Cops

Categories: Michael Brown

nitecopsray.jpg
Ray Downs
Police face off with about 30 protesters in Ferguson Tuesday night.
A nineteen-year-old was shot and critically injured by St. Louis County police early Wednesday morning after police say he pulled a gun on officers at the tail end of the third night of tense demonstrations in Ferguson.

Britton Esreal, of the 2000 block of Sun Valley Drive in St. Louis County, is charged with armed criminal action and assault, according to police. He remains in critical condition at the hospital, and he will be held on a $200,000 bond.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the seven-year veteran who shot Esreal was originally responding to a call of eight masked men carrying guns around 1 a.m. on West Florissant Avenue near Chambers Road. When the officer arrived, Esreal pulled out a pistol, causing the officer to fire, Belmar said.

"He was certainly in fear of losing his life," Belmar said of the officer. After days of angry and sometimes violent protesters clashing with police, "I thought it was remarkable that [a shooting] hadn't happened earlier," he said.

See also: Two Shot in Separate Incidents During Another Tense Night in Ferguson

According to protocol, the officer is now on administrative leave pending an investigation of the shooting. Belmar said the decision to shoot Esreal seemed "reasonable based on what I know right now" and expects to see the results of the investigation in about a week.
Police have not interviewed Esreal, who is still recovering from being shot, and it's unclear if he was part of the protests against police that have rocked Ferguson all week, Belmar said. He was shot only about a mile from the protests.

While violence and looting took hold of Ferguson on Sunday night, protests there on Monday and Tuesday were decidedly less violent, despite a heavily militaristic police presence. By 10 p.m. Tuesday demonstrators seemed to calm down and leave willingly.

"We really felt it was our first quiet night," Belmar says. "We thought perhaps it was beginning to be over."

But that changed as the night turned into early morning. Nearby, a woman was shot in an apparent drive-by just after midnight and suffered a superficial wound to the head, according to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.

Before Belmar released details of the officer-involved shooting, police sent Daily RFT this report:

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at approximately 1:00 AM, officers from the St. Louis County Police Department's North County Precinct received a call for four subjects wearing ski masks and armed with shotguns, in the area of Chambers and Sheffingdell. At the same time this call was dispatched, several calls were received for shots fired in the same area. When officers arrived, multiple subjects began running from the scene. One officer encountered a subject who brandished a hand gun, pointing it directly at the officer. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others in the area, the officer fired shots, striking the subject. The subject was transported to a local hospital, where as of this writing, he is listed in critical condition. The subject's handgun was recovered by police at the scene. This is an ongoing active investigation. I have no further details regarding this incident at this time.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
21 comments
markie19
markie19 topcommenter


11 days ago

READ SEE THE FRIEND IN THIS VIDEO CLIP THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON MOST PEOPLE HAVE BETRAYED ME CAREFUL IT COULD BE YOUR SPOUSE AND YOU COULD NEVER KNOW OR YOUR BEST FRIEND OR YOUR DOCTOR -MINE I THINK WAS GOING TO LET THEM KILL ME-HE IS INVOLVED DR BEACH READ MARKIE MC NIGHT I NEED DR PHIL DR BEACH HAD A CON MAN IN HIS OFFICE THAT DATED PEGGY AND WAS ON DR PHIL-MY MEDICAL RECORDS WERE STOLEN TOO-WATCH YOURS READ MARKIE MC NIGHTEdit (in 6 minutes)

DeleteShare
DeleteShareLikeReplymarkie19Jul 20, 2014

est | Top Comments

markie1918 hours ago


Kerry Goad6 minutes ago via YouTubeOnly Me
  • READ THEME MY LIFE MARKERRY SOLL GOAD -MARKIE MC NIGHT SISTER TO DARROW K SOLL KILLED NO SUICIDE -I AM A MEDIUM PROPHET DANGEROUS HERE CAN NOT CALL PEOPLE THEY HAVE TRIED TO DRUG AND KILL ME MANY TIMES I CALL POLICE AND THEY WILL AGAIN CHILD STOLEN BY CPS HUGE RING THEY SELL CHILDREN SEX AND MORE -I GREW UP IN IT-FAMILY-GOVERNOR AND SHERIFF DIRTY CAREFUL VERY -MANY COPS DEAD I GET THEM SEAN DRENTH AND LARRY DEVER -MYRON CHISEM-A FEW DIED I THINK BECAUSE OF ME -READ MARKIE MC NIGHT WATCH SKULLS MOST LAYERS IN THIS TOWN ROGER MORRIS-ED NOVAK MOST PUBLIC DEFENDERS CPS-NEED NON DIRTY FBI JOHN SANDWEG FUCKED ME AND HIS DAD IS IN THE FBI READ MARKERRY SOLL CHILD KENNEDY KORY I NEED HER ASAP-SHE IS LIKE ME THEY WANT HER DOWN NAMED AFTER DARROW READPelican Brief Trailerwww.youtube.comFirst-rate legal thriller based on John Grisham's #1 bestseller. http://www.johngrishamonline.com
LikeLike · · Subscribe on YouTube · SharePelican Brief TrailerPelican Brief Trailer

Sherry Kellett
Sherry Kellett

Just read the STL post dispatch yesterday where a 20yr old pizza delivery man was robbed and killed for fun by four black men... is anyone looting and rioting because of this? Too damn bad the police didn't get to unload on them .Hope the low life thugs get raped daily where they're going!!!

Jasmine Miciele
Jasmine Miciele

Ben is right! They're doing it to Ferguson people now, but soon it will be martial law for everyone. Next they're gonna take simple rights away from gun owners and immigrants legal or not. Then the rest of Americans. Why was it so easy to release info on this case, but NO confirmed truthful news on Mike Brown. Just the story police change every time it's proven untrue? We just want the same justice. Not more. The same.

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Ben Mattis put the pipe down booo. .... your post makes 0 sense. Serious biz.

Sungmin Lee
Sungmin Lee

RFT?? do u even have journalists?? stop reporting shit and get back to collecting money from local restaurants to put them selves in best of stl by bullshit RFT lol

Haidera Miner
Haidera Miner

What about mya?? The young lady who was shoot in her head last night peacefully rallying, the police are trying to say it was a drive by but how its that possible when that area was closed off???

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

Mike Brown booty bandit thug.....j/k

William Cotea
William Cotea

Has nothing to do with cops. Who the hell goes around pointing guns at people? Try that shit in Miami where i live. Everyone here carries.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

You'd think by now kids in my neighborhood would know to not point guns at cops. A neighbor's oldest son is paralyzed and has a colostomy bag along with a life sentence for doing that.

Kiara Taylor Teeter
Kiara Taylor Teeter

Wow. Thats a whole lot more info than they have given on Michael Brown.

Ben Mattis
Ben Mattis

My god this country stupid you realize your city looks like nazi germany right? It might start blacks but what if it turns to short people?

Michael Cohan
Michael Cohan

The assault was complete when he threatened the cop with the gun, Joe. He doesn't have to actually fire it. It's considered an attempt, and that's enough. Besides, do you think he's innocent of a crime just because he got shot? What do you expect if he points a gun at a cop? http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C500-599/5650000060.HTM

Joe Thebeau
Joe Thebeau

He got shot....and he is charged with assault .... wtf

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...