A 20-year-old Missouri man has been charged in connection with the shooting that occurred outside of the Ferguson Police Department last week which left two officers injured.
Authorities said on Sunday that Jeffrey Williams of St. Louis, MO was arrested and charged with five counts related to the Thursday shooting that sidelined a demonstration outside of the Ferguson police station amid seven months of protests prompted by the death of an unarmed teenager at the hands of law enforcement there last August.
Williams confessed over the weekend to firing a gun outside the police station, authorities said, but told officials that he wasn’t targeting cops. Rather, according to officials, Williams said he had been in a dispute with other people outside of the building which intensified to the point of violence.
An officer with the St. Louis County Police and another from the nearby Webster Groves Police Department were struck in the shoulder and face, respectively, while outside of the Ferguson station early Thursday, just after midnight. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a press conference several hours later that the protest outside of the building had turned “pretty rowdy” when the cops came under attack.
“This is really an ambush,” Belmar told reporters.
Over the weekend, however, investigators say that Williams told a different story when questioned by authorities. “He has stated that he may have had a dispute with some other individuals,” St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said on Sunday afternoon. “I’m not sure we completely buy that part of it. But in any event, it’s possible he was firing at some other people.”
“It’s possible at this point that he was firing shots at someone other than the police, but struck the police officers,” McCulloch said.