Days after Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson’s apology to the family of Mike Brown, things in the community haven’t appeared to get any better.
An unnamed police officer was shot in the arm after he attempted to apprehend two suspicious looking men standing outside a closed community center. Across the neighboring lines, an off-duty cop was injured after three men fired shots into his personally owned vehicle.
The good news in all this chaos is that the police think the incidents were simply crime opposed to being related to any of the recent protests. Although, it is hard to overlook any feelings of contempt towards law enforcement in that particular area of the country.
Although there were two separate protests about the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown happening around the time the officer was shot Saturday night, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he didn’t think they were related in any way to the attack on the officer.
The men fled when the officer approached them at around 9 p.m. because the community center they were standing outside of was closed, Belmar said at a news conference early Sunday. When the officer gave chase, one of the men turned and shot him in the arm, he said.
Also early Sunday, not far from Ferguson, an off-duty St. Louis city police officer was injured on Interstate 70 when three suspects fired shots into his personal vehicle, a police spokeswoman said.
Schron Jackson said the officer, who has nearly 20 years of experience, was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury to his arm from broken glass. She said there is no reason to believe the two shootings were related.
The officer shot in the arm is expected to survive from his injuries.
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