Chief: Officers shot in Ferguson ‘ambushed’

By Brandie Piper

This story was published March 12, 2015 on and shared on Facebook more than 4,000 times.

FERGUSON, Mo. – Missouri State Highway Patrol and St. Louis County police took over security near the Ferguson Police Department Thursday night after two officers were wounded by gunfire outside police headquarters in this city torn by racial unrest.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sharply condemned the shootings of police Wednesday night as a “disgusting and coward attack.”

“What happened last night was a pure ambush,” Holder said. “This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson. This was a damn punk, a punk, who was trying to sow discord.”

The officers – from St. Louis County and Webster Groves – were shot while standing along S. Florissant Road directly in front of the Ferguson Police Department around midnight Thursday morning. They were rushed to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for treatment, and released later that morning.

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During a news conference Thursday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at least three shots were fired. The Webster Groves police officer, a 32-year-old who has been on the force seven years, was shot just under his right eye, in the high-cheek area. The bullet is lodged underneath his right ear. Belmar says he will need more medical evaluations to determine the best course of treatment.

 The St. Louis County officer, a 41-year-old with 14 years of law enforcement experience, was shot in his right shoulder. The bullet traveled through his back and out between his scapula and spine. Belmar says the officers were targeted.
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