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Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Shot

The officer was shot in the arm while pursuing two suspicious men near a Ferguson-area community center. Police early Sunday did not believe the shooting was related to the ongoing protests.

Posted on September 27, 2014, at 10:56 p.m. ET

Updated — Sept. 29, 12:50 a.m. ET

AP Photo/Tom Gannam

Police in Ferguson earlier this month.

A police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot Saturday night.

The shooting happened about 9:10 p.m. when a Ferguson police officer saw two men near a Ferguson-area community center, St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference. The officer, who was in a patrol car by himself at the time, got out and ended up chasing the men. During the chase, one of the men turned and fired at the office. The bullet struck the officer in the arm.

Belmar said the officer "was able to get a couple shots off," though police Saturday had "no evidence that either suspect was shot." Both men remained at large early Sunday morning. The officer was being treated for his wounds and he was expected to recover.

Neither Belmar nor police representatives who spoke with BuzzFeed News offered additional details Saturday night. Belmar added that he was unaware of any other shootings late Saturday — despite widespread rumors on social media that another person had been killed by police.

Police did not immediately provide a specific address for the incident, but video and images posted online immediately after the shooting showed crime scene tape and crowds near St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ, at 1425 Stein Road.

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Police stand in relaxed position, blocking crowd from shooting scene. Crowd is angry but fairly calm

Stephanie Diffin@DiffinKSDK

Police stand in relaxed position, blocking crowd from shooting scene. Crowd is angry but fairly calm

8:37 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police do not believe the shooting was related to the protests that had been happening earlier Saturday evening.

Belmar described the scene of the shooting as "an area that's fairly secluded." He added that the shooting "certainly doesn't appear" to be connected to to the protests.

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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar speaking early Sunday morning.

Soon after the shooting, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson briefly addressed protesters and told them to go home.

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Despite police assertions that the shooting was unrelated to the protests, the incident sent tensions soaring early Sunday morning.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police massed in several locations. And despite orders from Johnson and others to disperse, protesters remained out on the streets. People initially gathered at various locations, including near the scene of the shooting, but by about midnight were gathering in downtown Ferguson near police headquarters.

Crowd has gotten a little larger near #Ferguson police department.

Nicholas J.C. Pistor@nickpistor

Crowd has gotten a little larger near #Ferguson police department.

9:40 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

About 100 protesters in parking lot across from #Ferguson PD. Demanding arrest of Darren Wilson.

stevegiegerich@stevegiegerich

About 100 protesters in parking lot across from #Ferguson PD. Demanding arrest of Darren Wilson.

9:51 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's a line of protestors and a line of police. Something is going to go down tonight.

Josh Benson@jbensonian

There's a line of protestors and a line of police. Something is going to go down tonight.

9:55 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The unrest continued Sunday into the late evening and into the next morning.

Crowd surrounds protestor to avoid arrest. Successful. #ferguson

deray mckesson@deray

Crowd surrounds protestor to avoid arrest. Successful. #ferguson

5:36 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police trying to negotiate us leaving for releasing those arrested with no bond. Nope. #Ferguson

Charles Wade@akacharleswade

Police trying to negotiate us leaving for releasing those arrested with no bond. Nope. #Ferguson

6:02 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

From about half an hour ago RT @bkesling: Police in #ferguson take woman into custody Sunday night.

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

From about half an hour ago RT @bkesling: Police in #ferguson take woman into custody Sunday night.

6:01 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The shooting came after a sometimes-tense evening of protests.

Earlier Saturday, a man showed up a the protest holding an "I am Darren Wilson" sign. The sign — which was meant to express support for the officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9 — apparently incited protesters. Witnesses at the scene later tweeted that police removed the man.

The shooting also happened two days after protesters and officers scuffled outside the police station.

A St. Louis City police officer also was injured Saturday night on Interstate 70.

Scene on Interstate 70 where #stl city police officer was reported shot, has minor injuries

David Carson@PDPJ

Scene on Interstate 70 where #stl city police officer was reported shot, has minor injuries

11:17 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#BREAKING Off-duty St. Louis Police officer's car shot at during shooting on I-70 near Hanley Rd. Off-duty officer injured by flying glass.

KSDK NewsChannel 5@ksdknews

#BREAKING Off-duty St. Louis Police officer's car shot at during shooting on I-70 near Hanley Rd. Off-duty officer injured by flying glass.

11:18 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

StL Police unsure if I-70 incident related to earlier shooting of #Ferguson cop.

stevegiegerich@stevegiegerich

StL Police unsure if I-70 incident related to earlier shooting of #Ferguson cop.

11:24 PM - 27 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police told The Riverfront Times that a vehicle with several males inside pulled up along side the officer's car and from two lanes away opened fire. There were several bullet holes in the car, but the officer sustained only minor injuries.

The shooting happened about midnight, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

St. Louis County's police department has released a statement regarding both shootings.

Posting again: Got this from STL County PD's Brian Schellman regarding the two police officers that got shot at:

Jason Rosenbaum@jrosenbaum

Posting again: Got this from STL County PD's Brian Schellman regarding the two police officers that got shot at:

11:15 AM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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