Another police shooting amid Ferguson protests

Another police shooting amid Ferguson protests

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Police take up position to control demonstrators who were protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo.

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by Brandie Piper, KSDK

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 7:37 AM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – One person was shot by police overnight, not far from the unrest that unfolded for the third night in Ferguson where last week's shooting of an unarmed black teen sparked outrage.

Last night's shooting happened just before 1 a.m. Wednesday at Chambers Road and Sheffingdell Court in unincorporated St. Louis County.

Police say they responded to a report about four masked men carrying shotguns in the area. The caller said the suspects had fired shots.



When police arrived at the scene they saw the men running, and one turned and pointed a handgun at police.

A police officer fired at least once at the suspect, wounding him. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

The shooting happened about two blocks from St. Mark Family Church, where the Rev. Al Sharpton held a gathering Tuesday night, uniting the community, which is outraged over 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death Saturday afternoon.

There's no word if the incident is related to the Ferguson protests. The area of the shooting was quiet Wednesday morning.

About a mile away, protests erupted for the third night in a row in Ferguson. Tuesday night's protests began peacefully, with a group of about 100 people marching from St. Mark Family Church to the QuikTrip store that was burned in Sunday's riots.

Later in the evening, however, police once again firing tear gas into the crowd. Police said they were responding to protesters who had thrown bottles at officers, according to CNN. By 1 a.m., the shooting had occurred.

Authorities on Tuesday delayed revealing the identity of the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teen three days ago, citing threats against the officer on social media.

"If we come out and say, 'it was this officer,' then he immediately becomes a target," Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said. "We're taking the threats seriously."

Jackson, who had said he would reveal the officer's name Tuesday, said there is now no timetable.

Tuesday evening he said the officer has been on the force for about six years and had come across 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. and a friend walking in the street. The youths were black and witnesses said the officer was white.

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