This is what happens when criminals start to believe they are now a protected species.
<span style="font-size: 17pt">An Officer Is Shot in Ferguson, Mo.</span>
<span style="font-style: italic">By ASHLEY SOUTHALLSEPT. 27, 2014</span>
A Ferguson, Mo., police officer was shot on Saturday night, in an altercation that authorities said was unrelated to continuing protests over the death of a teenager shot by a police officer there last month.
The officer was shot around 9:10 p.m. while checking on a community center, the Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, said in a brief press conference Sunday morning. The center is not near where the protesters had gathered.
The officer spotted two men, who began running when he approached them, Chief Jackson said. The officer chased them, and as he closed in on one of the suspects, Chief Jackson said, the second suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer, who was shot in one arm.
The officer said he fired several shots in return, but there was no indication that he hit either of the suspects, Chief Jackson said.
Officials did not release the officer’s name or say how long he had been on the police force.
The shooting happened in a neighborhood off West Florissant Avenue, a major artery in the area, about two miles from where Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. Chief Jackson said he did not think the shooting was related to protests over Mr. Brown’s death.
“I don’t think it is,” he said. “It didn’t happen within the proximity of the protest area. This is a fairly secluded area. I wouldn’t have any reason to think that it was linked in any way, shape or form.”
The St. Louis County Police Department is conducting the investigation, he said, adding that police did not know the suspects’ identities.
Dozens of police cars from state, county and local jurisdictions swarmed the area after the shooting, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the gunman was reported to have fled into nearby woods.
In a video that was posted on social media, Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol told protesters that the officer was the only person who was shot.
Less than an hour after Chief Jackson spoke, authorities said an off-duty St. Louis City police officer was shot at while driving a personal vehicle on Interstate 70 near the St. Louis International Airport. Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Municipal Police Department, said the officer was treated for minor cuts caused by broken glass, and the suspects, described as three males, fled in a black sedan.
Demonstrators have been protesting in Ferguson since Mr. Brown’s death, in a case that has heightened long-simmering racial tensions in Ferguson, a suburb north of St. Louis.
On Thursday, Chief Thomas Jackson of the Ferguson Police Department issued a stark apology to the family of Mr. Brown, saying in a videotaped statement that he was sorry for the death of their son and for the four hours that the body of the unarmed 18-year-old lay in the street after he was killed.
“I want to say this to the Brown family. No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling,” he said, facing the camera and standing in front of an American flag. “I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street. The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day. But it was just too long, and I’m truly sorry for that.”
But in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Mr. Brown’s parents were unmoved.
Mr. Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said, “Yes,” when asked if Chief Jackson should be fired, and his father, Michael Brown Sr., said rather than an apology, they would prefer to see the officer who shot their son arrested for his death on Aug. 9.
“An apology would be when Darren Wilson has handcuffs, processed and charged with murder,” Mr. Brown said.