Four days after the shooting of two police officers in front of the Ferguson Police Department, St. Louis County police announce that a suspect has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault.
According to the New York Times, the man, Jeffrey Williams, 20, has admitted to firing the shots.
McCulloch said that Williams indicated that he had a dispute with a group of people standing in front of the police headquarters and that the shooting had nothing to do with the demonstrations that were going on at the time. “It was possible he was firing shots at someone other than the police, but struck the police officers,” said Ferguson prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch, who announced the charges on Sunday (Mar. 15).
Although Williams is currently in custody, McCulloch noted that the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests may be made in the case.
The shooting occurred last week, when officers were standing shoulder to shoulder, facing demonstrators across the street from the police station.
One officer was shot in the face, with the bullet traveling under his right eye and settling behind his ear. The second officer was shot straight through the shoulder, with the bullet coming out of his back.
The two officers, whose names are still being withheld, were treated at a local hospital and are currently recuperating at their homes, according to Chief Jon M. Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department.
The incident has only exasperated the tensions between police and residents of Ferguson, who have vehemently protested the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the 18-year old African-American teen shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson, who was not indicted by a grand jury for his actions.