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Suspect Held in Ferguson Officer Shooting

March 16, 2015  | 

Jeffrey Williams was charged with two counts of first-degree assault. (Photo: St. Louis County Jail)
Jeffrey Williams was charged with two counts of first-degree assault. (Photo: St. Louis County Jail)

A man who participated in a protest outside the Ferguson police station Wednesday night returned to the area and fired shots — possibly at someone other than police — that wounded two officers, authorities said Sunday.

Jeffrey Williams, 20, was charged with two counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action, and one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle. He was in custody, with cash-only bail set at $300,000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

“It is possible that he was firing at someone other than the police,” St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said at a news conference Sunday. He said civilians had been situated between Williams, who fired from a car, and the officers who were wounded.

McCulloch said Williams admitted firing the shots and indicated they were not aimed at police. Some of the statements are supported by physical evidence, and some aren’t, he said.

McCulloch said police used a search warrant to recover a .40-caliber handgun that matched spent cartridges recovered in the area from which the shots came.

The officers were hit when shots were fired from some distance away just after midnight Thursday.

A St. Louis county officer, 41, was struck in the shoulder and a Webster Groves, Mo., officer, 32, was hit in the cheek as they worked a security line outside the Ferguson police station on South Florissant Road. Both were treated and released that morning from Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


Comments (6)

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

Hoopma @ 3/16/2015 6:10 AM

Give me a break!!!

Lt Dan @ 3/16/2015 8:29 AM

More blood on Holder's hands. You can't be a part of the establishment and support anti-establishment behaviors.

bert @ 3/16/2015 8:34 AM

Every officer in this city is a target I pray they all find employment elsewhere away from the ungrateful public and enjoy doing police work again. Let the city hire it's citizens to do your jobs they deserve what they get maybe Eric Holder will run for chief

Charlie Blalock @ 3/16/2015 12:09 PM

Some coincidence. ....just hit the cops???

Boston @ 3/16/2015 4:26 PM

Firing at someone else?

Tom Ret @ 3/16/2015 5:15 PM

Normally I don't watch CNN, short for communist news network, but I was channel hopping when I heard it asked, did the suspect in this case sustain an injury from the police. I have noticed that the news media, in particular the liberal news media, can't help but suggest that officers are always in the wrong,
some way, some how.

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