There is still no rest for Ferguson, Missouri, the town where a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an unarmed young black man, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9, sparking civil unrest, town curfews and ongoing protests. On the evening of Sept. 27, a Ferguson police officer was shot, according to ABC News.
The shooting occurred last night as the officer came across two men at a closed community center in Ferguson “who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase.” At a press conference held this morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that the officer approached the two men last night around 9:10 p.m. at the community center when the two ran. When the officer gave chase, “one of the men turned and shot.”
The police officer, who has not yet been identified by name, was shot in the arm with a non-life threatening wound. The police officer did return fire, with Belmar saying there’s no indication that either of the suspects was hit. Police in Ferguson are still searching for the two suspects in last night’s shooting.
Belmar said he did not think the officer’s shooting was related to two separate protests about Michael Brown’s shooting that were going on Saturday night around the same time.
Around midnight at the police station, approximately two dozen officers stood near a group of about 100 protesters who mingled on a street corner, occasionally shouting, “No justice; no peace.”
CNN reported Belmar as saying that he didn’t believe the shooting, which took place near the secluded community center, was connected to the ongoing protests in Ferguson, as it didn’t happen in the vicinity where protesters had been gathered. “I wouldn’t have any reason to believe right now that it was linked in any way, shape, manner or form with the protests,” he said.
Last night’s shootings seem to have re-energized the civil unrest in Ferguson among the protesters still in the streets angered over Brown’s shooting death. Following the shooting of the police officer last night, Capt. Ron Johnson addressed the protesters saying “All the hate’s got to stop.” Brown also said that some of the protesters have expressed their desire to kill a cop.
In what’s considered an unrelated shooting incident, an off-duty St. Louis city police officer was also shot at on I-70 on the morning of Sept. 28, not too far from Ferguson, as he was driving his personal car along the Interstate. The off-duty officer wasn’t hit by any bullets, but did sustain minor injuries to his arm from glass being shot out in the car he was driving.For more on last night’s shootings, see the video accompanying this article.