Two Officers Shot Outside Police Ferguson Department – Wall Street Journal
Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning outside the Ferguson, Mo., police department, according to a police spokesman.
A 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference, according to the Associated Press.
Both officers were taken to a local hospital, where Mr. Belmar said they were conscious, the AP reported, adding that Mr. Belmar didn’t have further details about their conditions but described their injuries as “serious.”
Police officers from adjacent cities and jurisdictions were in front of the Ferguson police headquarters at the time of the shooting, which occurred just after midnight, police said.
Protesters had gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday evening after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced his resignation. Police from multiple departments responded by standing in formation in front of the department’s parking lot and building.
Ferguson gained national attention in August after one of the city’s police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, setting off protests across the country and a national debate about race and policing.
Last week, the Department of Justice released a report documenting the Ferguson police department’s bias against minorities. This week, three top city officials—the city manager, municipal judge and police chief—resigned partly because of revelations in that report.
Witnesses said multiple shots were fired Thursday.
“There were at least four shots, rapid fire,” said DeRay McKesson, a protester who said he witnessed the event from a parking lot adjacent to the police station. “I saw an officer fall…this is unfortunate.”
Protester Heather Di Mian said she tried to duck as soon as she heard the shots.
“A lot of time gunshots sound like fireworks, this didn’t sound like fireworks,” she said. “The police all took cover and had their handguns out.”
Witnesses said the shots came from behind the crowd of protesters and up a hill from where a crowd had been gathered for much of the night directly in front of the police department.
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