Two police officers shot near Ferguson Police Department; both expected to survive

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Two police officers were shot near the Ferguson Police Department at around midnight.   Protesters were marching after Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson's resignation.  Three shots rang out and the officers standing in a line were hit.  They are expected to survive.

A 32-year-old Webster Groves police officer with 5-years of service was shot in the face. The second officer, a 41-year-old, 14-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was shot in the shoulder.

There were several arrests during the protests on Wednesday night.  Police called for backup after the protests swelled at around 10pm.  69 police officers responded to the scene.  The protests seemed to be waning when gunshots rang out at around 12am.

The victims were standing with a group of officers in front of the police department on South Florissant Road.  They were in riot gear for crowd control.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says he believes the shooter was, "somehow embedded in that group of folks.”  He says that muzzle flashes could be seen 125 yards away.  It is not clear if the shooter was affiliated with the protesters.

Shell casings have been recovered in the area.  Chief Belmar says that he is making it the first priority of the St. Louis County police department to find the shooter. He says, "It is a miracle that no other police officers were shot during unrest in Ferguson last summer."

The officers were treated for their injuries at Barnes Hospital.  They have been released.

Police have released photos of the officer's bloody uniforms.

 

 

Joe Millitzer March 12, 201511:44 am

Statement from the Brown family:

“The family of Michael Brown, Jr. condemns this morning’s senseless shooting of two Ferguson police officers.

We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot and will not be tolerated.

We specifically denounce the actions of stand-alone agitators who unsuccessfully attempt to derail the otherwise peaceful and non-violent movement that has emerged throughout this nation to confront police brutality and to forward the cause of equality under the law for all.

We must work together to bring peace to our communities.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the officers injured during this morning’s shooting and their families.”


Respectfully,

Adner Marcelin
Communications Manager & Law Clerk
Parks & Crump, LLC

Joe Millitzer March 12, 201510:38 am

Statement from Attorney General Holder:

“This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant.  I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities—from this cowardly action, to the killing of an officer in Philadelphia last week while he was buying a game for his son, to the tragic loss of a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the line of duty in Louisiana earlier this week.  Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months.  We wish these injured officers a full and speedy recovery.  We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department’s full range of investigative resources.  And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur.”

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Joe Millitzer March 12, 201510:09 am

Statement from Gov. Nixon:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to these brave officers and their families. Each day, our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect the public and the fact that these officers appear to have been intentionally targeted is deeply troubling. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been in contact with the St. Louis County Police Department and stands ready to assist in the investigation. It is imperative that anyone with information about the shooting immediately come forward so that those who perpetrated these senseless crimes can be apprehended and brought to justice.”

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