Authorities: Ferguson police officer shot

Authorities: Ferguson police officer shot

FERGUSON, MO (RNN) - Police responded to an area of St. Louis County where a Ferguson officer was shot on Saturday night.

A St. Louis County Police spokesman said the officer was shot in the arm. Multiple departments were on scene and closed a portion of West Florissant Avenue while searching for suspects, KMOV has reported.

Tension in the area has been high since the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in early August.

Protests, sometimes ending in violence and looting, have been common in the weeks since Brown's death.

This week, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson gave an emotional apology to the public and Brown's parents. Tensions escalated when Jackson walked the streets where protesters were gathered Thursday night.

Browns parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, told the Associated Press they were unimpressed with Jackson's apology. The two said they would rather Jackson resign, and they wanted the officer who shot their son arrested.

Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the shooting. The case has been turned over to a grand jury that will hear evidence.

The events in Ferguson have sparked national debates ranging from racism in police departments to programs that place heavy weapons in officers' hands.

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