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Suspect Charged In Shooting Of Police Officers In Ferguson

A 20-year-old protester has reportedly been arrested in connection to the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri.

USA Today reports that Jeffrey Williams was charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and three counts of armed criminal action, according to County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

Williams reportedly admitted to firing the shots, but the 20-year-old claims that he wasn’t actually targeting the officers.

“We're not sure we buy that part of it,” McCulloch reportedly said, referring to the 20-year-old’s claims that he was firing at someone else.

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Williams was reportedly in the area as part of last week’s demonstration stemming from the fatal shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson back in August of 2014. The two officers shot by Williams were struck just after midnight on Thursday; one was shot in the shoulder and another was shot in the face. Neither of the injured officers were from the Ferguson Police Department, according to reports.

“They're criminals. They need to be arrested," President Barack Obama said after last week's shooting, prior to police tracking down the suspect. "And then what we need to do is make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides — law-enforcement who have a terrifically tough job and people who understand they don't want to be stopped and harassed because of their race — that we're able to work together to try and come up with some good answers."

Williams is currently being held in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.

Sources: USA Today / Photo Source: Twitter


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