The officer was conducting what was described as a “routine business check” at the gas station and Martin was either in a car in the parking lot or coming out of the store. (Reports are conflicting) When the officer approached, Martin reportedly drew a handgun and pointed it at the officer. The officer discharged his weapon multiple times and Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect’s gun was recovered.St. Louis County has released a video and you can see it on YouTube, but the screen grab of the guy holding the gun is here.
It's too early to tell, but it looks to me like that area in Missouri has some healing to do. Pray for that as we enjoy this Christmas season.