20-year-old Arrested For Shooting Ferguson Police Officers
A 20-year-old man was arrested after investigation pinpointed him as the suspect in the Ferguson shooting case, which wounded two police officers.
The charges brought against shooter Jeffrey Williams are two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal activity, said Bob McCulloch, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney.
The shooting took place when the Ferguson protest was almost over, claimed McCulloch. Williams had been allegedly protesting with the crowd earlier in the evening after attending a previous demonstration.
Williams admitted he fired his pistol, but claimed it was an accident. He said he fired at a robber who tried to rob him during the demonstration. The bullets that hit the police officers were unintentional, he claimed.
Prosecutors thanked the public, mostly African Americans, for helping with the Ferguson shooting case by providing information leading to the arrest. The police resorted to a massive manhunt after the incident took place.
Investigators are confused regarding the truth behind Williams’ claim that the shooting was unintentional.
Derrick Robinson, bishop and area organizer, disputed police claims that Williams was a regular at the demonstrations. He said on Sunday, as quoted by CNN, “I asked him (Williams) why would he say that he was a protester because it makes us look bad — because so many things that we’ve done to rebuild our community. It sets us like five steps back to say that it was a protester who did it, but he admitted to me that he’d never protested.”
Robinson asserted that this incident cannot distract “us from our mission, and from purpose, because we will continue to fight.”
The two wounded police officers were rushed to the local hospital, but were released after a short while.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar pointed out the severity of the incident.
“We’re lucky by God’s grace we didn’t lose two officers last night,” he said, as quoted by MSNBC.