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NEW INFORMATION: Two Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Department

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NEW INFORMATION: FERGUSON, MO - One witness says "everybody started running or dropping to the ground" when shots were fired during a protest this morning in front of the police department in Ferguson, Missouri.

Two officers were hit, one in the face and the other in the shoulder.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar describes their injuries as "serious" and says whoever fired the shots appeared to have been aiming for the officers.

 Last night's demonstration came after it was announced that Ferguson's police chief would be resigning, effective March 19.

Following last week's scathing Justice Department report, Ferguson's city manager and four other employees also have parted ways.


PREVIOUS: FERGUSON, MO - Two police officers have reportedly been injured outside the Ferguson Police Department. The shots were fired early Thursday morning as police and protesters gathered outside the station after the resignation of Police Chief Thomas Jackson on Wednesday. 

Both officers were taken to area hospitals, no word on the extent of their injuries.

Jackson was the sixth employee to resign or be fired after a Justice Department report cleared white former officer Darren Wilson of civil rights charges in the shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, but found a profit-driven court system and widespread racial bias in the city police department.