A peaceful day of protest and remembrance on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson dissolved into chaos last night when a man fired multiple shots at four St. Louis County plainclothes detectives in an SUV. The detectives fired back and the shooter was struck, said county Police Chief Jon Belmar, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Tyrone Harris identified the victim as his son, Tyrone Harris Jr., 18, of St. Louis. He said his son and Brown “were real close.” Belmar said there is a “small group of people out there that are intent on making sure we don’t have peace that prevails.” He said the shooters “were criminals…they were not protesters.”
In a chaotic scene, police officers, reporters and protesters ran for cover. People sprinted across the street and dived behind parked cars. Ferguson's interim police chief, Andre Anderson, had just finished a television interview saying officers were placed throughout the community to protect businesses, and he was hoping to be patient and allow the protesters to march peacefully. The law enforcement officers had threatened to arrest protesters who stayed in the street. Protesters by then were estimated at fewer than 100 and were outnumbered by members of the media.