Ferguson Police Officer Shot, Two Suspects Wanted

A Ferguson police officer was shot Saturday night, further raising tensions between police and citizens.

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A police officer on patrol in Ferguson, Mo. was shot Saturday night while responding to a burglary call at a community center, police said.

The officer confronted two males at the Ferguson Community Center around 9 p.m., according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. As the officer chased to the two men, shots were fired at the officer, striking him in the arm.

At a news conference, Belmar said that the officer "was able to get off a couple of shots," but that there was “no indication that either suspect was shot.”

The shooting came after a week of intensified protests and calls for the police chief to resign in the St. Louis suburb over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, by white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

​However, the police say that this shooting is not related to the protests.

"It didn't happen within the proximity of the protest area," said Belmar. "I wouldn't have any reason to believe right now that it was linked in any way, shape, manner or form with the protests."
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