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Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence.

He said Tuesday that hundreds more will be deployed to Ferguson, where fires and looting erupted Monday night after word that a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The rest will be in a position to respond rapidly, if needed.

Nixon says 700 guardsmen were in the area on Monday night, when more than a dozen buildings were set on fire and otherwise vandalized.

Ferguson's mayor said earlier in the day that the National Guard wasn't deployed quickly enough as violent protests broke out.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to Ferguson, where violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon's office announced Tuesday that the additional guardsmen will provide security at the Ferguson Police Department, which was at the center of protests late Monday and early Tuesday. The governor says he met Tuesday morning with Guard and law enforcement leaders to discuss how the troops will be used, but he did not elaborate.

Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The grand jury decision led to protests in the area. Several buildings were burned down in Ferguson and demonstrators smashed store windows in downtown St. Louis. More than 80 people were arrested.

Ferguson's mayor says Darren Wilson remains on administrative leave a day after the grand jury did not indict the officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Wilson was placed on leave Aug. 9, the day the white officer fatally shot 18-year-old Brown, who was unarmed and black.

Mayor James Knowles said at a news conference Tuesday that Wilson's status with the department had not changed.

Wilson had been with the Ferguson police force for less than three years before the shooting.

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