Two cops shot in Ferguson demonstration overnight- dramatic video of horrific scene

Two police officers from nearby departments were shot in front of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department as a demonstration celebrating the resignation of Ferguson’s police chief was winding down early Thursday morning.

WARNING: Raw video may be disturbing to some; strong language

The Associated Press reported:

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. Both were taken to a hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious. He said he did not have further details about their conditions but described their injuries as “serious.”

“I don’t know who did the shooting, to be honest with you,” Belmar said, adding that he could not provide a description of the suspect or gun, the AP reported.

He added that based on the bullets’ trajectory and where the officers were standing when they were shot, “these shots were directed exactly at my officers.”

The shooting occurred not long after midnight, following Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson’s resignation from the department Wednesday. The Daily Telegraph tweeted this photo following the incident:

“I saw the officer go down and the other police officers drew their guns while other officers dragged the injured officer away,” demonstrator Marciay Pitchford, 20, said, according to the AP report. “All of a sudden everybody started running or dropping to the ground.”

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