Two police officers have been shot outside the police headquarters in Ferguson where the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer sparked a wave of angry protests across the U.S. last year.
Gunfire erupted during protests following the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson late last night as angry scuffles broke out between officers and the public.
He has been widely criticized from the outset for the aggressive police response to Michael Brown protests and many felt he should have resigned soon after Brown’s death.
A 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.
Both were taken to hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious, but described their injuries as ‘serious’ without giving further details.
‘These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers, he added.