FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the two officers who were shot during a protest in Ferguson overnight aren't expected to have long-term injuries. Both officers have been treated and released from the hospital.
One of the officers was shot in his face, just below his right eye and the bullet lodged behind his ear. The other officer was shot in his right shoulder. Belmar says the shooting easily could have resulted in two deaths. He says a protest outside Ferguson police headquarters appeared to be winding down when the officers were shot just after midnight.
Demonstrators were reacting to the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who announced his departure following last week's Justice Department report that cleared the officer who shot Michael Brown of civil rights charges. One protester says she saw one of the officers go down, the other police draw their weapons, then "everybody started running or dropping to the ground." Jackson was the sixth employee to resign or be fired after a Justice Department report cleared a white former Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, of civil rights charges in the shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson last summer. Wilson has since resigned.
Police have converged on a home in Ferguson, and taken people in for questioning following the shootings of two police officers.