The St. Louis police have announced the arrest if a suspect in the shooting of 2 police officers during a peaceful demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri early Thursday.
Ferguson residents were celebrating the ouster of the Ferguson police chief when 4 shots rang out near the Ferguson Police Dept. 2 police officers -- one from the Ferguson Police Dept. and the other from a nearby county -- were shot in the shoulder and face.
The 2 officers were treated at a hospital and released the same day of the shooting.
An intense manhunt for the gunman resulted in tips from the public that led to the suspect's arrest. So far, the suspect's name has not been released. A press conference is scheduled for later Sunday to provide more details of the arrest.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar initially said the cops were targeted by someone in the crowd of demonstrators. But on Friday he backed off of his theory, saying he “honestly couldn’t tell you for sure” that the police officers were targeted.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting led many skeptics to question whether the shooting was an inside job.
The identities of the wounded officers have not been released for security reasons.
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