Officer shot in strife-hit U.S. city of Ferguson: police

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 27, 2014 11:20 PM

(Reuters) - A police officer was shot on Saturday in the strife-hit U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri, but there was no information immediately available on the officer's condition, an official with the St Louis County police said.

Missouri broadcaster KSDK said the officer was shot in the arm.

Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, saw days of racially charged protests after black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.

On Thursday, Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson issued a video apology to Brown's parents following weeks of heavy criticism and calls for his ouster.

The apology was not well-received among some and led to reported protests hours after it was issued.

There have been bursts of violence during weeks of protests in Ferguson, a mostly black community of 21,000, since Brown's death. Many have called for Jackson to be fired for what they saw as a heavy-handed response in the aftermath of the killing.

(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Reporting by Curtis Skinner and Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Paul Tait)