UPDATE 1:04 a.m.: While on routine patrol the officer saw two suspects trying to break into a business in Ferguson and confronted them, Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Saturday night, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
At that point one suspect pulled a gun and fired, hitting the officer once in the arm, Jackson said. The officer should be okay, he added.
In this framegrab image courtesy of KSDK-TV a crowd gathers near the scene where a police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night Sept. 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer was shot in the arm and is expected to survive, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. (Image source: AP/KSDK-TV)
UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: The wounded officer shot Saturday night in Ferguson is a male, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing authorities.
The Post-Dispatch earlier had incorrectly reported the wounded officer is a female, citing St. Louis County police spokesman Schellman.
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Dozens of police cars from numerous jurisdictions converged on the area after the shooting. The shooter is reported to have fled into nearby woods.
Police said the suspect is still at large, the Post-Dispatch reported.
UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: Capt. Ron Johnson said, "A police officer was shot tonight. No one else" according to Willis Arnold, arts and culture reporter for St. Louis public radio.
UPDATE 11:30 p.m.: The officer was on patrol when the shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to KTVI-TV.
A staging area near the new Ferguson Community Center located at West Florissant Avenue and Stein has been set up by police, KTVI added.
UPDATE 11:23 p.m.: According to a KTVI-TV update on Twitter, the officer was shot in the arm.
A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was shot Saturday evening, CNN reported, citing St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman.
The officer is alive, CNN reported.
On Thursday night several protesters were arrested in Ferguson after police chief Tom Jackson attempted to talk to demonstrators calling for his resignation, KMOV-TV reported, adding that the arrests stemmed from shoving that broke out behind Jackson as he addressed the crowd.
Earlier in the evening, individuals locked arms and shut down a street.
Jackson had released a video statement Thursday apologizing for his handling of the Michael Brown case. Brown, who was 18 and black, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer in early August, an incident that elicited numerous demonstrations as well worldwide attention.
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