Cause of death: shooting
Last updated: about 1 year ago
Vonderrit Myers Jr. was shot eight times, including six times from behind, by an off-duty St. Louis police officer earlier this month, The Associated Press reported, citing an autopsy report by a forensic pathologist Thursday. Myers' death came nearly two months after a white police officer fatally shot another black teen, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.
The independent autopsy, which was conducted by Dr. Cyril Wecht at the request of Myers’ family, reportedly revealed that the 18-year-old black teen was running away from the officer. It’s likely that Myers was shot six times in the back of both legs, Wecht reportedly said during a news conference. Wecht added that a wound to the side of Myers’ face likely caused his death.
In May 2015, it was announced that no charges would be filed against the officer.
It was reported in December that the officer who shot Myers has resigned amid drunk driving allegations.
On January 20, 2016, media reported that a wrongful death suit was filed against the city of St. Louis on behalf of the Myers family.