Thursday, March 12, 2015

Two officers shot - one in the face - during angry protests outside Ferguson police department

Two police officers have been shot outside the police headquarters in Ferguson where the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer sparked a wave of angry protests across the U.S. last year.

Gunfire erupted during protests following the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson late last night as angry scuffles broke out between officers and the public.
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.
Both were taken to hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious, but described their injuries as 'serious' without giving further details.
'These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers, he added.  
A few dozen demonstrators fled following the gunfire, with one screaming that 'they hit a cop' around midnight, a photographer with Reuters said. 

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