St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar: Remarkable Exchange of Gunfire with Plainclothes Police in Ferguson, Missouri

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St. Louis County Police say gunshots were fired at an officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Sunday night. The officer returned fire. The gunfire scattered protesters who had gathered to mark the one year since the death of Michael Brown.

At least one person was shot by police when gunfire broke out in Ferguson, Missouri marking the one-year anniversary Sunday of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by police.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters in an early Monday press conference that a man was in critical condition after a “remarkable” exchange of gunfire with plainclothes police in Ferguson, Missouri. Belmar said the plainclothes police had been monitoring the man while looking for armed subjects in the crowd when the suspect fired at officers.

The first alert by St Louis County Police Department that gunfire occurred was at 11:18 p.m. Sunday. The gunfire was reported by police to have been between two groups fighting. Plainclothes detective were one building away, and continued to follow a suspect they thought was armed. The suspect engaged in gunfire very close to the police car — striking the windshield. When police returned fire from inside a van, they did not know if they hit the suspect. The suspect ran to the east on the north side of a building, and then to the south side of the building. Police report the suspect engaged gunfire with police again, and then four police officer, who were now on foot return fire at the suspect, and the suspect fell. The suspect was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical, unstable condition while in surgery.

Police report the suspect possessed a stolen 9mm Sig Sauer that was stolen in 2014 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Earlier in the rainy night, some businesses were damaged and looted, and water bottles were thrown at police.

At least one man discharged several rounds at a Mike Brown solidarity rally in Ferguson, Sunday night after black activists and religious officials including Bree Newsome and Cornel West spoke at St. Mark’s Church earlier in the day.

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