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    Police Make Arrest in Shooting of Two Officers During Protest in Ferguson

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    Police have made an arrest in connection with the shooting last week of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. Two police were facing a large protest gathered after the chief of police resigned when shots rang out and two officers were struck.

    Police have taken a 20-year-old “protester” in custody in connection with the shooting of two police officers, authorities just announced.

    Jeffrey Williams has been charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and thee counts of armed criminal action.

    Police said Williams admitted firing the shots, but said he was shooting at someone else.

    Two officers were shot while they were watching over a protest against police brutality. Protesters had gathered outside of police headquarters in the wake of the resignation of the city’s police chief.  Suddenly, shots rang out and protesters fled the scene. Around midnight witnesses claimed that a few dozen demonstrators fled following the sound of gunfire shouting: "They hit a cop".

    Video of the incident shows a chaotic scene.

    One of the officers, a 41-year-old man from St. Louis County Police department, was struck in the shoulder. The other, a 32-year-old from the nearby Webster Groves Police Department, was shot in the face. 

    The incident heightened tensions in Ferguson where the relationship between the police department and the majority-black populace. Some accused protesters but protest leaders retorted that they were equally in harm’s way. 

    However, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that it appeared the shooter was "embedded" in the group of demonstrators who were standing across from the officers at the time.

    Williams is being held in lieu of $300,000 cash bail.

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