Two police officers have been shot outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to reports.
The shots were allegedly fired early today as police and protesters gathered outside the station after the resignation of police chief Thomas Jackson.
Ferguson Lieutenant Colonel Al Eickhoff told the St Louis Post-Despatch that he did not think either officer was from his department.
Lt Col Eickhoff added he did not know the extent of the officers’ injuries.
One, a St. Louis County police officer, was struck in the shoulder; the other, a Webster Groves officer, was hit in the face, said St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar.
The officers were hospitalized and conscious, he said.
Police from various jurisdictions were in the city keeping an eye on the protestors at the time.
"These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers," Belmar said.
Protesters had gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night to cheer the resignation of the city's embattled Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
The crowd had been thinning out, ready to call it a night, when the shots rang out, Belmar said.