Police Officer Shot, Official Says , Ferguson, Missouri


(CNN) — A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer was shot Saturday evening, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman.

The officer had non-life threatening wounds, officials said. Police did not comment on the circumstances.

CNN affiliate KSDK reported that the officer was shot in the arm, citing Ferguson police spokesman Tim Zoll. Affiliate KMOV also reported the officer was wounded in the arm.

Mike O’Connell, communications director for the State Emergency Management Agency, said authorities were looking for a suspect.

Police from multiple forces in the area responded to the scene on West Florissant Road, set up a staging area, KMOV reported.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Ferguson since unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown was shot by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.

Despite demands by protesters, Wilson has not been charged in this case, though a grand jury is hearing evidence that could lead to an indictment.

Tensions reignited in the St. Louis suburb on Thursday night after a late-night appearance by Police Chief Thomas Jackson to address the crowd. A scuffle ensued, and arrests were made.

Dramatically wading into the crowd, Jackson apologized for his department’s actions after the shooting, but pledged not to resign.

“I’m sorry, and I said that from my heart,” he said. “I had to get that off my chest. It’s been sitting there for two months.”

But not everyone was anxious to hear from him.

“If you are not resigning tonight, go home,” one man said on a bullhorn.

Brown’s shooting also stirred complaints of widespread racial profiling in Ferguson, which Jackson rejected Thursday.

“It’s never been the intention of the Ferguson Police Department — or any police department that I know — to intentionally target individuals because of race,” said the chief. “If there is that happening, it’s a crime and it needs to be addressed.”