Two Officers Shot At Ferguson Protest
After the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson yesterday, protesters assembled in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Unfortunately, the demonstration took a violent turn early Thursday morning when two officers were shot.
According to Yahoo News, a 32-year-old officer from Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old St. Louis County officer was hit in the shoulder. Both officers were rushed to a nearby hospital. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that both officers were conscious, but described their injuries as “serious.” Belmar went on to say that the identity of the shooter is currently unknown.
“I don’t know who did the shooting, to be honest with you,” Belmar said at a news conference.
Investigators believe that the shooter specifically targeted the officers based on where they were standing and the trajectory of the bullets.
“These shots were directed exactly at my officers,” said Belmar.
Marciay Pitchford, 20, who stood outside of the department with demonstrators, told the AP that the protests were fairly peaceful before the shots rang out.
“I saw the officer go down and the other police officers drew their guns while other officers dragged the injured officer away,” Pitchford said. “All of a sudden everybody started running or dropping to the ground.”
She adds that the shots were fired from the street opposite the police department. In footage captured during the shooting, a man can be heard crying out in pain. Someone else at the scene who was unseen and unidentified could also be heard saying, “Acknowledgement nine months ago would have kept that from happening.”
Witnesses of the shooting say that the suspect was not part of the demonstration.