(CLAYTON, Mo.) — A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting outside the headquarters of the Ferguson police department that injured two officers, St. Louis County police and prosecutors said Sunday.
Jeffery Williams was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and three counts of armed criminal action, said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.
McCulloch said a handgun recovered from Williams, 20, matched shell casings found from the scene of the shooting. It’s unclear if he meant to shoot the police officers, said McCulloch, since Williams told investigators he was involved in some sort of dispute prior to the shooting.
“He is charged with assaulting these two police officers. It’s still regardless of who may be an intended target,” he said. “You hit somebody, that’s still an assault in the first-degree. It’s still a class-A felony, still punishable by life in prison. That’s on each one of the counts pending against him.”
Williams was being held on $300,000 cash bond.
The two officers were injured early Thursday during heated protests outside the the police department after the resignation of the city’s police chief, Tom Jackson, who stepped down in the wake of a Justice Department report that documented widespread racial bias in the city, biases that have gained national attention since the August police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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