Ferguson police officer shot, cops looking for suspect
Police are continuing their search for a suspect who wounded a Ferguson police officer Saturday night. Authorities say the incident involved only one person.
Police also confirmed Sunday that the officer was wearing a body camera, but it was turned off during the incident.
St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman, a police spokesman, said he did not know why the camera was off.
Ferguson police officers began wearing body cameras on Aug. 31, three weeks after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teenager.
Police originally reported late Saturday night that the officer spotted two suspects trying to break into a business and that when confronted, one of them pulled a gun and fired at the office, wounding him in the arm.
Police, however, now are describing a different scenario: that the police officer, during a business check, saw a male subject in the rear of the Ferguson Community Center. When he approached, the person began to run and the officer followed on foot. During the pursuit, the man spun around and fired at the officer, who was hit in the left arm, before disappearing in the wooded area behind the center.
The officer was treated and released from the hospital Sunday.
Investigators originally told Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar that the incident involved two suspects at the time they provided statements to the press Saturday.
Police do not have any more details on the suspect’s description. Check back for updates.
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