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UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 9:55 AM EST

Officials have continued to investigate the shooting that left two police officers seriously injured in Ferguson Wednesday night. One officer hails from Webster Groves while the other is a native of St. Louis. Both were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

According to USA Today affiliate KSDK, the night was described as “fairly uneventful” before the shooting took place after midnight. Three gunshots were fired into a group of police officers as 60 to 70 demonstrators were seen walking away from an area close to the police department.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar stated the 32-year old Webster Groves officer was shot in the face while the 41-year-old St. Louis officer was hit in the shoulder. Belmar claims the men were the targets because they were police officers. Both are 7 t0 14 year veterans of the force.

“I would have to make an assumption right now that based on the fact that these officers were standing together, and there were several officers standing right there when this happened, that these were shots that were parallel to the ground, not up in the air, they weren’t skip shots. And I would have to make an assumption that these shots were directed exactly at my police officers,” said Belmar.

 Belmar says he’s working on securing the area to prevent another shooting.

“I think we need to re-evaluate that, and that’s one of the things I’ve been doing since my phone rang at midnight tonight,” said Belmar. “We’re going to be looking for different ways to approach this. Obviously my first priority is to the community, but that’s followed very very closely to my police officers and making sure that they’re able to do what they’re supposed to do out there in a safe manner.”

Benjamin Crump, attorney to Mike Brown and Tamir Rice’s parents says the Brown family has condemned the shooting  by calling it’s suspects “misguided.”

“Violence is never the solution,” Crump told CNN. “There may be a few people who are misguided or confused but in large part the majority of the protesters and the majority of Americans want justice.”

Belmar added that both officers are currently in the company of their family members. Earlier reports conformed the city has no plans to disband the Ferguson police department.


UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 3:00 AM EST

During a media brief Thursday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that one officer was shot in the face and another in the shoulder.

Belmar said that while both officers have “very serious” injuries, they are conscious.


UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 2:30 AM EST

According to the St. Louis County Police Department, the two individuals shot in the early hours of Thursday were St. Louis County officers.

The two officers, who have not been identified, are expected to live, St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Christine Byers reports.

A shooter has not been taken into custody and his or her whereabouts are unknown, but numerous witnesses and reporters on the scene note that the shots did not come from the direction of protesters who gathered in front of the police station Wednesday night into Thursday after Police Chief Tom Jackson resigned.

The officers’ conditions are unknown at this point.

An investigation continues.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that two police officers were “hit by gunfire” in Ferguson, Mo. early Thursday morning outside of the town’s police department:

The shots were fired as police were confronting protesters who had gathered outside the police station.

Ferguson Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff said he didn’t think either of the officers were from his department. He also didn’t know the extent of their injuries….

A police source said one of the officers is a St. Louis County officer and the other a Webster Groves officer.

We’ll bring you more on this story as developments come in.


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