Last night, we reported on two cops in Ferguson who were shot by protesters after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. Today new information has come to light as to what happens, and it’s disturbing.
According to Daily Mail, the cops were shot by an unknown assailant in a crowd of protesters. One was shot in the arm, and the other officer was shot in the face. Today, St. Louis police have described the officer’s as being “conscious” but in “serious” condition at the hospital.
“It’s really an ambush, is what it is. When you can’t see it coming … and you’re defenseless,” said St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. “We’re lucky by God’s grace that we didn’t lose two officers last night.”
Seconds after the shooting, a protester in the crowd screamed, “Acknowledgement nine months ago would have kept that from happening.” This undoubtedly refers to the decision not to charge Darren Wilson with the death of Michael Brown.
Witnesses say the scene erupted into chaos after the shootings occurred.
“I saw the officer go down and the other police officers drew their guns while other officers dragged the injured officer away,” said protester Marciay Pitchford, 20. “All of a sudden everybody started running or dropping to the ground.”
While Belmar says that the shooter was among the protesters, the demonstrators say that the shooter was actually not in their group.
“The shooter was not with the protesters. The shooter was atop the hill,” activist DeRay McKesson said on Twitter. “I was here. I saw the officer fall. The shot came from at least 500 feet away from the officers.”
Police are still looking for the person who shot the officers. We hope that they will find the shooter, and we pray for the police officers’ recoveries.