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State to assist St. Louis Co. authorities in investigating arson, looting, vandalism in Ferguson

MISSOURI (KFVS) -

The Department of Public Safety announced on Wednesday, Nov. 26 that Gov. Jay Nixon directed the Division of Fire Safety and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control to help St. Louis County authorities.

They will be helping St. Louis County in the ongoing investigation of arson, looting and vandalism that happened on Monday in the  Ferguson area.

In addition, the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime laboratory will expedite the testing of any evidence related to these crimes.

"These senseless acts of violence have been devastating to the city of Ferguson," said Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Dan Isom. "These criminals must and will be held to account for their actions."

The MSHP, St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are operating as a unified command to protect public safety in the St. Louis region.

In addition, the governor has deployed the Missouri National Guard to support local law enforcement agencies.

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