Police Officer Shot in Ferguson
A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was shot Saturday evening, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman.
The officer was shot in the arm. His injuries are non-life-threatening and he is in the hospital, said Ferguson police spokesman Tim Zoll.
Police said that the officer was shot near the Ferguson community center, an area which has not been the focus of protests over the Michael Brown shooting.
The suspect remains at large, he said.
Police from multiple forces in the area responded to the scene on West Florissant Road, set up a staging area, KMOV reported.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Ferguson since Brown, an unarmed African-American teen, was shot by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.
Despite demands by protesters, Wilson has not been charged in this case, though a grand jury is hearing evidence that could lead to an indictment.
Tensions reignited in the St. Louis suburb on Thursday night after a late-night appearance by Police Chief Thomas Jackson to address the crowd. A scuffle ensued, and arrests were made.
Dramatically wading into the crowd, Jackson apologized for his department’s actions after the shooting, but pledged not to resign.
“I’m sorry, and I said that from my heart,” he said. “I had to get that off my chest. It’s been sitting there for two months.”
But not everyone was anxious to hear from him.
“If you are not resigning tonight, go home,” one man said on a bullhorn.
Brown’s shooting also stirred complaints of widespread racial profiling in Ferguson, which Jackson rejected Thursday.
“It’s never been the intention of the Ferguson Police Department — or any police department that I know — to intentionally target individuals because of race,” said the chief. “If there is that happening, it’s a crime and it needs to be addressed.”
By Ben Brumfield, Ed Payne and Carma Hassan
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