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Ferguson Police Officer Shot at One Year Anniversary Protest of Michael Brown's Death

Just one year after the police shooting of Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson officer--tragedy struck in Ferguson once again. Brown's death helped spark the "Black Lives Matter" movement around the nation. To mark the anniversary of his death, protests were held and a suspect opened fire on officers--that's when officers shot back. Protest groups were quick to protest the police response to being shot at. The protest was already getting rowdy to the point where rocks and bottles were being thrown at officers, gunshots rang out from a strip of stores and some were being looted. St. Louis County Chief Jon Belmar said that he believes the shots came from six different shooters.

Belmar said the suspect noticed a plainclothes officer arriving and shot into the hood and windshield. The officer fired back at him. When the suspect became trapped in a fenced-in area, he fired on the officers again. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he was in "critical, unstable" condition. Tyrone Harris told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured suspect was his son, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Jr. The shooting happened shortly after a separate incident that the chief called "an exchange of gunfire between two groups" rang out around 11:15 p.m. Belmar said this group of people were criminals, not protesters.

He stated "There is a small group of people out there that are intent on making sure that peace doesn't prevail. There are a lot of emotions. I get it. But we can't sustain this as we move forward." Then early Monday, another shooting was reported that was a drive-by near the memorial to Brown outside Canfield Apartments. A 17-year-old was shot in the chest and shoulder while a 19-year-old was shot in the chest. Organizers of some of the weekend activities also pledged a day of civil disobedience on Monday.

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