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(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The FBI is "reviewing" the shooting death of an unarmed teenager by a police officer, federal authorities said on Monday.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times and killed during a confrontation with a Ferguson, Missouri, cop on Saturday afternoon, according to authorities.
Brown was not carrying a weapon and was facing the officer with his hands raised in the air when the officer shot him, witness Piaget Crenshaw told ABC News.
The officer has not been identified and has been placed on administrative leave by the Ferguson police department.
The St. Louis County police department is the lead agency on the shooting. The FBI is "reviewing the matter," an FBI spokesman told ABC News.
The struggle began when the officer encountered two men, one of whom was Brown, in the street outside of an apartment complex, and one of the men pushed the officer back toward his squad car, according to police. A shot was fired inside the squad car and then multiple shots were fired at Brown outside the car, killing him, authorities said.
Brown's death sparked outrage in the community and prompted residents to march to the police station, demanding answers before holding a candlelight vigil Sunday night.
The vigil erupted into violence, with some individuals breaking into stores and looting goods while others vandalized police vehicles. A fire broke out in a QuickTrip store that had been looted earlier.
More than 30 people were arrested.
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