Cops Looking for 1 Suspect in Ferguson Police Shooting as Story Changes

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Ferguson, Mo., police now have their sights set on finding one suspect they believe shot and wounded an officer in a Saturday-night altercation that is now being described very differently from when police first reported the incident.


According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police initially reported that the officer saw two suspects breaking into a business. When the officer approached the alleged suspects, one pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting the officer in the arm. Now police are reporting that during a "business check," the officer noticed one man standing at the rear of the Ferguson Community Center. When the officer approached, the man took off running, the officer gave chase, and the man spun and shot the officer before taking off into the woods nearby.

The Post-Dispatch notes that the officer was treated and released from a hospital Sunday. St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman told the Post-Dispatch that the officer was wearing a body camera, but said it was turned off during the incident. The police spokesman told the newspaper that he did not know why the camera was off.


Ferguson police officers have been mandated to wear body cameras since Aug. 31. The mandate comes in the wake of the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. 

The original report of Saturday's shooting of the police officer that was given to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar indicated that there were two suspects, but detectives have now confirmed that only one individual was reportedly involved in the shooting.

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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