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Missouri unrest after fatal police shooting

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Image caption Crowds were angry but there were no arrests

An off-duty police officer in St Louis, Missouri, has fatally shot a black teenager, leading to angry demonstrations on the streets.

The white officer was on patrol for a private security company when he exchanged fire with an 18-year-old after a chase, say police.

He fired 17 shots at the teenager, police added.

Two months ago a fatal shooting in the nearby suburb of Ferguson sparked weeks of unrest and international headlines.

Michael Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was killed by a white officer, who could face criminal charges.

The latest incident began when the officer, dressed in his city police uniform, spotted three men running away from him in Shaw neighbourhood, says St Louis Police Chief Colonel Sam Dotson.

The 32-year-old officer thought one of the men was carrying a weapon so chased him and a confrontation followed.

During the altercation, the man fired at the officer, who returned fire and killed him, said Mr Dotson.

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Image caption The killing of Michael Brown is still reverberating in Ferguson

Ballistic evidence suggests the man fired three rounds at the officer before his weapon jammed, and a gun was recovered from the scene, he added.

The officer, who was not injured, fired 17 shots, said Mr Dotson.

"An investigation will decide if the officer's behaviour was appropriate," he said at a news conference in the early hours of Thursday.

Neither man has been named.

Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene, with some shouting "hands up, don't shoot", in reference to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman on 9 August.

Some police cars were damaged but there were no arrests.