Police Officer Shot In Ferguson; Two Suspects Wanted
A police officer in Ferguson, Mo., was shot in the arm on Saturday night, authorities said. Police believe the shooting was unrelated to the continuing protests over the death of a teenager shot by a police officer there last month.
[su_center_ad]Police say two men at a community center ran from the officer, then opened fire during a foot chase.
The Associated Press reports:
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early Sunday that the officer approached the men around 9:10 p.m. because the community center was closed. As the officer approached, the men ran away. When the officer gave chase, “one of the men turned and shot,” Belmar said.
The officer was shot in the arm and is expected to survive, he said. Belmar did not identify the officer or give further details about his condition. He said the officer returned fire but said police have “no indication” that either suspect was shot.
A search was underway for the suspects early Sunday in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that’s been the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.
“I wouldn’t have any reason to believe right now that it was linked in any way, shape, manner or form with the protests,” Belmar said.
Approximately two dozen officers stood near a group of about 100 protesters who gathered on a street corner, occasionally shouting, “No justice; no peace” at around midnight.
Part of a road was closed in town while police conducted a search for the suspects. Numerous law enforcement agencies were responding, and police helicopters were canvassing the area, according to the AP.
Not too far from Ferguson, an off-duty St. Louis city police officer with 20 years of experience was injured on Interstate 70 in a separate incident when three suspects fired shots into his personal vehicle, according to a police spokeswoman.
That officer was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury to his arm from broken glass. [su_csky_ad]