A second officer-involved shooting took place early Wednesday in Ferguson, where the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown has sparked protests, street demonstrations and violence. Police say a man who had pointed a handgun at an officer was shot and critically wounded, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A statement from the police claims that St. Louis authorities had received a call about four people wearing ski masks and holding shotguns near the site of the protests. A number of calls reporting shots fired in the area were also allegedly made to the police.
“When officers arrived, multiple subjects began running from the scene. One officer encountered a subject who brandished a handgun, pointing it directly at the officer. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others in the area, the officer fired shots, striking the subject.” the police statement said.
“The subject was transported to a local hospital, where as of this writing, he is listed in critical condition. The subject’s handgun was recovered by police at the scene.”
A spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department said that no other details had been released.
The Ferguson police issued a statement after the shooting asking “any groups wishing to assemble in prayer or protest to do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner” and to disband “well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants and community. Unfortunately, those who wish to co-opt the peaceful protests and turn them into violent demonstrations have been able to do so over the past several days.”
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson also told the Los Angeles Times that a woman was shot in the head and wounded during the area’s chaotic demonstrations the night before.
According to local media, the shooting occurred during a drive-by near a gas station that has reportedly become a meeting point for demonstrators this week. The only details provided so far are that the woman was conscious and called 911 herself, Jackson said.
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