Ferguson Suspect Says He Wasn’t Targeting Police Officers
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Officials say a 20-year-old black man charged with shooting two police officers watching over a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department attended a protest there earlier that night but told investigators he wasn't targeting the officers.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was in a dispute, not at the police officers.
McCulloch says -- quote --"We're not sure we completely buy that part of it " and adds there might have been other people in the vehicle with Williams.
Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action. McCulloch says the investigation is ongoing.
The officers were shot early Thursday as a crowd began to break up after a late-night demonstration that unfolded after Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson resigned in the wake of the scathing federal Justice Department report.
The officers were released from the hospital later Thursday.