A friend of Michael Brown was shot by police when he used a stolen handgun to fire at law enforcement during a protest yesterday in Ferguson. The man is said to be in "critical, unstable condition." The protest marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that plainclothes officers were tracking the man at around 11:15 pm, while several hundred people gathered on West Florissant Street to take part in the demonstration.
He added that the man approached the officers, who were in an unmarked police car and opened fire. The officers returned fire from inside the vehicle. They then pursued the man on foot. The chief said the man again fired on the officers and all four fired back.
The suspect is 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Junior. His father said his son was a "real close" school friend of the late Michael Brown.
"We think there's a lot more to this than what's being said," Harris Senior was quoted as saying in local media reports.
Footage of the shooting was taped by Tony Rice, under the twitter handle @search4swag. The Daily Mail writes, "Rice, who was arrested for filming the footage, can be heard saying to the officers repeatedly: 'Please give him some help! He's bleeding out man, please give him some help.'"
From twitter user @search4swag