Arrestee In MO Police Shooting Might Have Aimed At Someone Else


A man who participated in a protest outside the Ferguson police station Wednesday night returned to the area and fired shots, possibly at someone other than police, that wounded two officers, authorities said Sunday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Jeffrey Williams, 20, was charged with two counts each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action, and one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle. He was in custody, with cash-only bail set at $300,000. “It is possible that he was firing at someone other than the police,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

He said Williams admitted firing the shots and indicated they were not at police. Some of the statements are supported by physical evidence, and some aren’t, he said. “I wouldn’t say he wasn’t targeting police,” McCulloch said. “I’m saying right now the evidence we have supports filing the charge that he may have been shooting at someone other than police and struck the police.” Williams, who McCulloch said lives “not far from Ferguson,” was on probation for receiving stolen property in St. Louis County and wanted for failing to report to his probation officer, the prosecutor said. Many protest leaders joined with law enforcement in condemning the attack.

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