Two Police Officers Reportedly Shot At Ferguson Protest

Two Police Officers Reportedly Shot At Ferguson Protest

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Police and protesters square off outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday before two officers reportedly were shot. Jeff Roberson / AP

Multiple local media reported two police officers were shot Wednesday night during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department.

BuzzFeed News reached out to the Ferguson Police Department, but was told there was no one available to comment.

Ferguson Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he didn’t believe the officers were members of his department.

Witnesses had reported seeing police from multiple departments at the scene before the shooting, as has been the case at past protests in Ferguson.

#BREAKING: @stlcountypd confirm to me 2 of their officers were shot in #Ferguson early this morning. @kmov

— LauraKHettiger (@Laura Hettiger KMOV)

The officers’ conditions were not immediately known early Thursday morning.

The St. Louis County Police also did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

Jennifer Arvin, director of communications and marketing for Barnes-Jewish Hospital told BuzzFeed News they were treating gunshot victims early Thursday morning, but would not identify them.

Numerous witnesses at the protest also reported hearing gunfire and seeing officers hit.

Ferguson police got shot in front of me

— search4swag (@Search4Swag)

— search4swag (@Search4Swag)

#ferguson

— Nettaaaaaaaa (@ShordeeDooWhop)

Second officer being loaded into ambulance.

— bobhoehn_stl (@Bob Hoehn)

Carrying the officer away and guns drawn. #ferguson | pic via @wyze43 | @NewsRevo

— NewsRevo (@Revolution News)

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The shootings happened after protesters had gathered to call for further change in the city. Police took several people into custody during the protest.

Police arrest a demonstrator outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday. Jeff Roberson / AP

Earlier Wednesday, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles announced that Chief Tom Jackson was resigning.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III announces the resignation of police chief Thomas Jackson during a news conference Wednesday. Jeff Roberson / AP

Protesters have called for Jackson’s ouster for months. Some at the protest Wednesday also called on Mayor Knowles to resign.

Jackson’s resignation came just a day after city manager John Shaw was ousted in what the city described as a “mutual separation.” A city judge, court clerk, and two police officers all have also been either fired or resigned in the wake of a scathing justice department report on racism within Ferguson law enforcement.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates and follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.

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