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Police believe this video shows Ferguson suspect was armed

They said it shows him grabbing a handgun from his waistband after gunshots ring out.

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POLICE IN THE United States have released CCTV footage they say shows the 18-year-old black suspect who was critically wounded after being shot by police in Ferguson minutes before he fired a gun at plainclothes officers.

Tyrone Harris Jr was shot late on Sunday after police say he opened fire on an unmarked police van. The shooting happened as protesters nearby were marking the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s police shooting death.

Police on Tuesday released a 13-second clip of security camera footage from a West Florissant Avenue insurance office. They said it shows him grabbing a handgun from his waistband after gunshots ring out.

Police have said as many as six people who were part of two feuding groups unrelated to the protest were firing the shots. During the gunfire, Harris apparently spotted plainclothes officers arriving in the unmarked van and fired at them, authorities have said.

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Harris was in critical condition yesterday at a St Louis hospital. County police and Barnes-Jewish Hospital were unable to provide updates on his condition Tuesday.

Harris’ father disputed the police account Monday but declined to discuss his son’s shooting Tuesday. Tyrone Harris Jr. has been charged with 10 felonies — five counts of armed criminal action, four counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and a firearms charge.

Meanwhile, a police officer who killed an unarmed college football player during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership was fired for making mistakes that the city’s police chief said caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.

Killings by Police-Football Player Brad Miller Arlington Police Department via AP, File Arlington Police Department via AP, File

Arlington officer Brad Miller (49) could also face criminal charges once police complete their investigation, Police Chief Will Johnson said.

Called to the scene of a suspected burglary early Friday morning, Miller pursued 19-year-old Christian Taylor through the broken glass doors of a car dealership showroom without telling his supervising officer, Johnson said.

Instead of helping to set up a perimeter around the showroom, Miller confronted Taylor and ordered him to get down on the ground, Johnson said. Taylor did not comply.Instead, he began “actively advancing toward Officer Miller,” Johnson said.

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