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National Guard headed to Ferguson; Brown preliminary autopsy released

Sunday night, the unrest boiled over in Ferguson, MO. (Source: KMOV/CNN) Sunday night, the unrest boiled over in Ferguson, MO. (Source: KMOV/CNN)
This diagram shows entry wounds on the body of Mike Brown, shot and killed Aug. 9. (Source: Barry Parks/CNN) This diagram shows entry wounds on the body of Mike Brown, shot and killed Aug. 9. (Source: Barry Parks/CNN)
FERGUSON, MO (RNN/CNN) - Violence brought a new night of smoke and tear-gas-filled streets on Sunday, and as a result, Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order early Monday morning bringing the Missouri National Guard to restore peace.

“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk," Nixon stated.

Looting, shooting and other acts of violence disrupted what was a peaceful protest, Capt. Ron Johnson of Missouri Highway Patrol stated in a news conference Sunday night.

One person was shot at 8:25 p.m., and eight people with guns were reported in what Johnson characterized as organized, premeditated acts of violence by some wanting to take advantage of the situation.

Business were looted, including Domino's, Family Dollar and McDonald's, and "multiple Molotov cocktails were thrown at police," Johnson said. Shots were also fired in the direction of police.

Because of the mayhem, "I had no alternative but to elevate the level of our response," he said, and he hoped "the good people of this community will triumph over those bent on destruction."

Smoke and tear gas canisters were lobbed at protesters after a clash near the police command post.

The community has been in an uproar for more than a week since the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson Capt. Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. The unrest has, at times, devolved into looting, as was the case on Sunday night.

Also on Sunday, a second, independent autopsy on Brown found that the teen was shot at least six times, twice in the head, including an entry wound to the top of the skull, the New York Times said. The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Michael Baden at the request of Brown's parents.

The wound at the top of his head indicated that he was bent forward, which could either mean he was giving up or he was charging at the officer, Baden stated.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown's parents, announced via Twitter that the family, attorneys and Baden will talk to the press Monday morning in reference to the forensic findings.

The police had alleged that Brown had been struggling for Wilson's gun when he was shot, but many witnesses claimed he had his hands up when Wilson opened fire.

After a day of peaceful protests on Sunday, there were reports of rubber bullets being shot at protesters Sunday night, at least one arrest and armored vehicles rolling down the street at around 10 p.m.

The clashes were happening at a Target parking lot that is being used as a police command post, according to CNN reporters on the ground.

There were also reports of being briefly arrested and released.

While the Missouri Highway Patrol said that some protesters were "encroaching" on their command post and becoming violent, leading to the police response, protesters interviewed by CNN said that the police fired smoke and tear gas on peaceful protesters.

"We were walking peacefully down to the mall, and a young lady was hit in her face with smoke bombs and tear gas, and we were peaceful!" one protester said.

Huffington Post editor Amanda Terkel reported via Twitter that an 8-year-old boy was among those in the crowd hit with tear gas.

On Friday, Ferguson police released the name of the officer who shot Brown, as well as video that show a person, who they allege was Brown, taking cigars from a convenience store.

The Department of Justice's independent autopsy of Brown, ordered on Sunday, is still pending.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in the troubled town on Saturday, and this curfew was enforced again on Monday morning.

The local police department's response to the shooting of Michael Brown and the protests have been questioned, with allegations of a heavy-handed response to both protesters and journalists, attracting the attention of Nixon, Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama and much of the world. 

This led to the Missouri Highway Patrol taking over security duties in Ferguson on Thursday.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved. CNN contributed to this report. 

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