Missouri Police Officer Shoots Unarmed Teen

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One shooting and two different stories in Missouri after an unarmed teen is shot in the street.

As people gather to protest, FOX news correspondent Dominic DiNatale tells us what witnesses and police are saying about what led to that shooting.

Hundreds protest in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, holding signs saying "Honk for Justice."

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After a police officer shot and killed an unarmed teen.

Police say the recent high school graduate, 18-year-old Michael Brown, allegedly assaulted the officer before he was shot.

Brown's friends and family say they don't believe it and are overcome with grief.

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"He was a good kid. He didn't live around here. He came to visit me. He was spending the summer with me and they did that to him for no reason," said his grandmother Desuirea Harris.

The victim's friend says they were walking peacefully in the street around noon on Saturday when the officer started harassing them.

"He just reached his arm out the window and grabbed my friend around the neck, as he was trying to choke my friend, and he was trying to get away, and the officer then reached out and grabbed his arm to pull him into the car," said the victim's friend Dorian.

But St. Louis county police, who have taken over the investigation, are telling a different story.

They are saying it appears the victim acted aggressively toward the officer.

"It is our understanding, at this point in the investigation, that within the police car, there was a struggle for the officer's weapon. There was at least one shot fired in the car. He exited his vehicle, and there was a shooting that occurred when the officer in fact shot the subject," said St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar.

Police say the officer involved in the shooting is a six-year veteran of the force, and has not been involved in any other incidents like this. He has been put on paid administrative leave.

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