Two officers were shot outside the Ferguson, Missouri police headquarters early Thursday, authorities said, as demonstrators gathered following the resignation of the city’s embattled police chief in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report alleging bias in the police department and court. As of Thursday evening, additional information about the officers shot had been released. According to CBS News, a 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference:
I don’t know who did the shooting, to be honest with you.
Police sources were calling the gunfire an “ambush” and said whoever fired the shots was at large.
Tensions have been high in Ferguson since August and escalated in November after a St. Louis County grand jury declined to prosecute Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Mike Brown.
[CBS News, Associated Press, Instagram]