Two Ferguson police officers were reportedly shot and seriously injured Thursday morning following a night of protests that took place in front of the Ferguson Police Department's headquarters after Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced his resignation from the department.
According to the New York Daily News, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, someone shouted, "Acknowledgement nine months ago would've kept that from happening!"
Shortly after midnight, witnesses reportedly say they heard anywhere from two to six gunshots. Two police officers were shot from a distance in an incident that St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called "targeted." Video footage has since emerged showing the chaotic scene, though no arrests have been made.
The officers' names have not been released. They have been identified as a 41-year-old from the St. Louis County Police Department, who has been on the force for 14 years, and was shot in the shoulder, and a 32-year-old officer from Webster Groves with five years of experience, who was shot in the face, reports the New York Daily News.
The officers are at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a spokesperson was unable to comment on their condition. Belmar said their wounds were "serious," though KMOV reports the officers are expected to survive.
The protests, in which approximately 70 people took part, stemmed from Jackson's resignation. The police chief is the sixth city official to step down after the Justice Department released a report last week calling out the city of Ferguson for ticketing African Americans in a series of discriminatory traffic stops. The report also revealed a history of racism within the department, as seen through a multitude of unprofessional emails. Many protesters called for the resignation of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.
Witnesses say the protests started off peacefully, but that several arrests were reported by the end of the night.
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