Two officers were involved in shootings last night 9/27/2014. My earlier entry indicated that a suspect was identified in one of the officer involved shootings. That information was incorrect and has since been removed. Apparently there was some confusion in social media stemming from a vague St. Louis City tweet. Seeing as the tweet was posted on 9/26 this is obviously not the suspect in question.
- Around 2100, 9PM, A Ferguson Officer was shot in the arm while investigating a burglary. No suspect information appears to be available at this time. The officer was taken to the hospital and has since been released.
- Around Midnight, an Off-Duty St. Louis City Officer was shot at while in his personal vehicle traveling west on I-70 just before Lambert Airport at I-170. I’ve heard two separate accounts that he either was able to return fire or was unable to do so. Whatever the case, the officer was not struck by gunfire and only recieved minor injuries due to shattered glass. The suspect vehicle is described as a black Dodge Charger occupied by (3) three armed black males.
I am still on my days off, so I was not involved in this response. A Code 3000 was called. Looting was rampant and several buildings were set on fire including Schnucks on S. Florissant. Capt. Ron apparently tried to talk down a crowd who heard about the Ferguson shooting. Apparently, rumors were spread that the Ferguson shooting resulted in a black male being killed. Since it was an officer who was struck, they weren’t exactly concerned.
The Justice for Mike Brown crowd has talking points already in place on social media stating that the, “Shooting suspects weren’t protesters.” However, at the time these talking points started to appear, no one knew who any of the suspects were. At this point we still don’t have suspects in the I-70 shooting. Regardless, I’m sure it must all be one big coincidence.
I hate to be absolutist when it comes to arguments, but if anyone argues that these officers deserved to be shot due to perceived injustices with the criminal justice system, the argument is already over. What’s more, the two shootings last night are just more proof that the Mayberry depicted by the media as it pertains to Ferguson and North County is an utter falsehood. This is the environment in which we work. If Darren Wilson overreacted when shooting Mike Brown due to fear, this is why. This is the result of danger, not racism.