Things are still unhinged in Ferguson. After the cop was shot, crowds began forming demanding to know what happened. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if one of the officer’s bullets actually struck the man?
A police officer patrolling in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot in the arm late Saturday, police said. His wound is not life-threatening, and he was taken to a local hospital.
There’s no reason to believe the shooting was connected with demonstrations over the August police shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown, authorities said.
“It didn’t happen within the proximity of the protest area,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Col. Jon Belmar. The shooting scene was in a more secluded area.
“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.
Still, the shooting stoked emotions among protesters who were on the street demonstrating over Brown’s death.
“All the hate’s got to stop,” Highway Patrol Cpt. Ron Johnson told a group of demonstrators after the shooting.
He also said some people who took part in protests over Brown’s shooting have threatened to kill a police officer.
The officer shot was patrolling alone in his police cruiser when he conducted a “business check” at the Ferguson Community Center, St. Louis County Police said in a statement.
He saw a “male subject” at the rear of the building. When the officer got out of his car to question him, the man ran, and the officer gave chase.
Then the man spun around with a handgun and “fired shots at the officer,” the statement read. One struck the officer in the left arm.
The officer shot back, police said, but there was no indication that he hit the suspect, who ducked into a wooded area, alluding the officer.
Police from neighboring areas joined Ferguson police to search for the suspect for more than an hour but could not find him. He is still at large.