2 Police Officers Shot in Ferguson ‘Ambush’ Are Released from Hospital

John Eligon and Richard Perez-Penamarch, New York Times, March 12, 2015

The two police officers who were shot here early Thursday were victims of “an ambush,” the St. Louis County police chief said, hours after gunfire rang out in front of the police station, throwing into panic what had been a largely peaceful protest.


The injured officers were released from the hospital Thursday morning.

“We’re lucky by God’s grace we didn’t lose two officers last night,” Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department said at a midmorning news conference. It was clear that the police were the targets, he said, adding, “This is really an ambush, is what it is.”

Echoing Chief Belmar’s comments, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., called the shootings “heinous and cowardly attacks.”

“This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson,” Mr. Holder said. “This was a damn punk, a punk, who was trying to sow discord.”

President Obama weighed in on Twitter, writing: “Violence against police is unacceptable. Our prayers are with the officers in MO. Path to justice is one all of us must travel together.”

Later in the morning, in an action that officials said was part of the investigation into the shooting, police SWAT units surrounded a house a few blocks from the shooting scene, and officers climbed onto the roof and broke through a vent there to gain access.

“People have been taken in for questioning,” said a police spokesman, Sgt. Brian Schellman. “No arrests at this point.”


The City of Ferguson said in a statement that it was “diligently working to make systematic changes necessary to instill confidence,” but added, “we cannot continue to move forward under threats of violence and destruction.”


The officers who were shot Thursday were standing side by side, part of a cordon from multiple police departments, keeping protesters away from the police station. There had been as many as 69 officers in the evening, dwindling to about 49 at the time of the shooting, Chief Belmar said.

Chief Belmar said the shooting realized his worst fears over the months of unrest since Mr. Brown’s killing. “When you look at the tenor of at least some of the people involved in the protest or civil unrest, it can be troubling,” he said. “I think it’s a miracle that we haven’t had any instances similar to this over the summer and fall.”


He said officers had seen muzzle flashes, and later found shell casings that might have been from the shooting. Based on the sound of the shots and the officers’ wounds, he said, the weapon was a handgun, not a rifle.


The younger officer was shot in the cheekbone, just below his right eye, and the bullet lodged behind his right ear, Chief Belmar said. A bullet struck the other officer in the right shoulder, and exited his back on the right side. No officers returned fire.

Emotions quickly ran high after the shooting. One Ferguson officer, standing among the protesters as things calmed down, said, “This is what they wanted to happen.”

When a protester told him that no one wanted this to happen, the officer was adamant, saying that was his opinion and that the protester could differ if he wanted.


Protesters engaged in a cat-and-mouse game of sorts with the police. Dozens of them flooded into the street in front of the Police Department, blocking cars as they tried to pass. Things occasionally became tense between the protesters and motorists, some of whom refused to back away when demonstrators lined up in front of their vehicles. On several occasions, drivers inched forward, tapping the knees of protesters who dared them to hit them.

Each time, one side would eventually give in: Either the driver would back away, or the protesters would let them through. But on other occasions, police officers wearing helmets and clutching transparent shields and batons would race into the street to clear away the demonstrators. The police made a handful of arrests.

Some of the tensest moments came when the protesters fought among themselves. Some people urged others to block cars, while others urged their fellow demonstrators to get out of the street and direct their anger at the officers in front of the police station.

There were tussles between protesters who did not recognize one another, with the fault line appearing to be those who had been demonstrating for many months versus those who were new to the movement. Some took offense to the supposedly new protesters trying to tell them what to do. At one point, fistfights broke out in the street as the police stood by watching.

Officials said the police made three arrests–at about 9 p.m., 10:30 and 11:15. By the time of the last arrest, the protest was dying down, Chief Belmar said, and when the shooting occurred, there were about 75 demonstrators left in front of the station, down from about 150 earlier in the evening.



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    • Robert Smith

      They must have thought they were at Chuck E. Cheese.

    • Whydotheymakeitsohard

      It’s “voilà”, QD.

      But: that video sure is interesting. Check it out. You will clearly see the local young bell curvii of Ferguson sparring with the imported freedom riders from New Yawk.

      The Tribe is alive and well in stirring up racial hatred against whitey in Ferguson. Make no mistake.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I look at the bright side. Continued black misbehavior is good for business. Keep it up! I like it! Pass the word, liberal democrats! I know you are reading about the latest rants of us eeeevil racists!

    • The strongest ally we have is, despite the best efforts of the liberal White media, blacks are just so easy to hate! Even God, or Mother Nature, whatever you prefer, makes them physically ugly to look at as well.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Can never understand why people especially white people voted for him twice.

      • Realist

        “Can never understand why people especially white people voted for him twice.”

        Sure you can it’s called stupidity.

    • Realist

      “If you voted for Obama twice, you’re way too stupid to argue with.”
      Well the majority of voters did and that is one reason Democracy doesn’t work.

  • From 500 feet out, that was centerfire rifle fire.

    • Reynardine

      Maximum effective range for most available handguns is around 50m directly, but if you arc it, it’s much, much more than that. The shots were way too directed to be merely a lucky hit from far away, however.

      Naturally the left doesn’t have any idea about what guns are capable of and consequently it bites them in the ass. Again.

      • APaige

        I guess no one will question why the police there are wearing protective riot gear.

        • Oil Can Harry

          Senator Rand Paul will. He thinks “militarized police” are an insult to the peace-loving, law-abiding black community.

          • Max

            He thinks they are dangerous to liberty in general, which they are, without regard to whatever mistaken other views he may have.

          • John Smith

            I think police are too militarized also, but they do have a limited need for the equipment and a potential riot situation is one of these.

          • ElComadreja

            He’s a bigger kook than his father and that’s really saying something.

      • Max

        If you consult ballistic calculators a .45 (which I last heard was the cal. recovered) could kill you dead as a hammer at 1500 yds. though an intentional hit would be near impossible. 150 yds. is not out of the question as I regularly fired handguns at buckets and old junk at 100 yds. with fair success.

        • John Smith

          I believe there are videos of a guy shooting buckets at 300+ yards with a 10mm, but he appears to be using both Kentucky elevation and windage.

        • You probably knew the range. Most people can’t instantly tell the difference between 300 feet and 500 feet, but with a pistol round, it makes a lot of difference.

        • IBWHITE

          I would think a .45 would tear away half of the mans face if he was hit below the eye. That caliber is huge.

      • John Smith

        They just got lucky, IMO. Five hundred feet with a handgun is almost indirect fire.

        • IBWHITE

          I agree. Especially if you’re amped up, like 99.9% of people would be, and getting ready to fire on some law enforcement officers. If it was a handgun it was blind luck IMHO.

          • Two hits isn’t luck. I practice range-estimation all the time. Almost nobody does that. Most pistols have rear sights that are fixed for elevation. My old Canadian “Inglis” Browning “High Power” had a proper rear sight, as well as a detachable shoulder stock, so I could shoot it well at 200 yards, back in the day. I have range tables in the two-volume Hornady books in the basement, gathering dust for the last 15 years, but the holdover with a fixed rear sight would be completely hideous.

          • IBWHITE

            If you can pull off a head shot at 500 feet with a 45 then you need to be employed as a shooting expert and sponsored by Colt. A persons head would be barely visible on the front sight of a handgun at 500 feet. And don’t forget that these officers were lined up next to each other (if they were doing crowd control) so it wasn’t like shooting each individual target that was separated by 20 to 30 feet.
            I carried a .40 glock for 25 years in my line of work and have never known someone, especially a Black someone, who could pull off a calculated shot like that. This guy is either a top marksman or it’s blind luck – I still believe it’s blind luck.

          • Given the necessary holdover, a human head would be under the muzzle of a pistol with a fixed rear sight at 500 feet.

    • Hammerheart

      Without a doubt. Have they released what caliber was fired?

      • The article said pistol shell casings were found, but lots of good carbines are made in 9mm Luger and .45″ ACP calibers, such as the Ruger “Camp Carbine”. Most folks don’t know range-estimation, so a handgun shot at 500 feet is very iffy. What’s the range, and what’s the holdover for that?

    • Please search on “politician with M4 in trunk of car, apparently after he
      shot at police & protestors” and then read what comes up as the
      first hit with google, a story from blindbatnews.

      Then compare that situation in Kyiv to this situation in Ferguson and consider that it is same people are in charge of both fiascos.

  • ABC

    “This was a damn punk, a punk, who was trying to sow discord.” said Holder.
    Just let that sink in.

    • Jason Lewis

      He tired hard to keep a straight face.

  • I will always drop it a gear and floor my car when confronted with violent Afritard “protesters”. If that means I end up doing 20-life, that’s quite OK. I’ve already been to prison.

  • IstvanIN

    “This was a damn punk, a punk, who was trying to sow discord.”
    Sounds like you, “Mr.” Holder.

    • kikz2

      damn punk, goin for a head shot…………………………

    • DAMN! You wrote it first.

  • superlloyd

    The hypocrisy of Obola and (dick) Holder is breathtaking. They are primarily responsible for this negro anarchotyranny and yet have the gall to decry their pets’ actions which they have previously tacitly approved.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Best wishes to both injured policemen and best wishes to their families, as the policemen recover at home after being released from the hospital. We hope to hear you all have recovered real soon and will be out protecting your community in Ferguson, MO.

  • Reynardine

    President Obama weighed in on Twitter, writing: “Violence against police is unacceptable.”

    Hey, we agree on things for a change! Why doesn’t this apply to Darren Wilson et. al?

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Do you really think he meant it? This looks like a ritualistic, standard response.

      • Reynardine

        Well, I don’t think Kermit the Frog was playing banjo either, but I still enjoy when puppets are entertaining.

    • Unacceptable? Really Obama? So I take it that you are now going to back Missouri in declaring martial law in Ferguson and you are going to authorize the National Guard to be mobilized and to shoot looters on site? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    • ElComadreja

      He can’t come right out and say “the white devil got what was coming” as much as he’d love to.

  • A Freespeechzone

    THIS behavior is ONLY THE BEGINNING!

    Violent ‘protesters’ will only take this farther—-notice little, if nothing from the WH or Holder…..twitter doesn’t count.

    Best to be prepared to defend against violence—they are being embolden by Obama, Holder, the media and stupid liberals…..


    • Hammerheart

      I think if blacks choose to escalate their violent civil disobedience, they will quickly find themselves unable to operate in a modern warfare environment as their list of allies stretches thin.

      If it wasn’t for the misguided philanthropy of more developed nations and cultures, I honestly think blacks would be quite close to being on the endangered species list, especially as the world grows more complex and their ‘skills’ can be duplicated with automation.

      • ElComadreja

        Let’s hope.

  • Alden

    I just clicked off so called conservative Fox news. Greta was tsking tsking about the “racist” emails and comments made by Ferguson police officers. One she found particularly shocking was about black abortions and the decline in the crime rate. Well…………..
    And the reporters on the scene were so concerned that the police might shoot back and some protestors might be hurts.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Yeah, I saw that, too. Bill Bennett also said something along the same lines of a high black abortion rate and the resultingly lower crime rate.

  • Jason Lewis

    Good news. Released from hospital. Hopefully now the shooter(s) are caught. They’ll go to jail for life without parole. +1 Ferguson P.D.

    • Sick of it

      I’d vote for suicide by cop in order to save the taxpayers money and prevent future attacks.

    • More likely, they’ll get a “Bronx jury” in Ferguson and get off easy.

  • jim

    Its nice that Obama and Holder condemned the shootings, but they should be held criminally responsible for them and the two cops killed in NYC. Throw in the complicit media too and maybe we can get some real change.

    • They condemned the shootings? What else COULD they say? I want to see some ACTION and I don’t mean against the police but against these Negroes. That I know I will never see, not from this administration.

      • jim

        They could have said nothing as they have done on several other occasions. That sentence was pure sarcasm. And I want to see action too…we need to put a stop to this.

        • No offense intended. I just feel that Obama made a cold calculation here, given all the publicity, and figured he HAD to say something. I don’t think for a second that he had any concern for White police officers.

          • ElComadreja

            In private he’s laughing.

          • jim

            I agree. I think they both had to make some remarks about how wrong this was just for some good publicity…not for the officers.

  • LHathaway

    Crime rate goes down, prison population doubles. . . I loved pointing that out/asking that question 20 years ago. A few conservatives have answered (don’t know if it’s true or not) the crime rate when down because criminals were put in jail. They seemed to just be throwing that out there.

  • “This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson,” Mr. Holder said. “This was a damn punk, a punk, who was trying to sow discord.”

    Talking about himself again, huh?

  • A Freespeechzone

    As long as those in power allow these ‘protests’ to occur in Ferguson, the violence will escalate because it’s known that little or nothing will be done to stop them.

    Politicians are scared to death to speak out—and the vile leadership in DC only encourages this violent behavior by forcing restraint upon LE.

    Watch this behavior spread……

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Should have shot back at the perpetrators.

    • John Smith

      Any black target would be good enough – if they weren’t a perp that night, there’s always the next night.

  • Jim Kental

    All police should just retreat from black areas and let them finish each other off. When the bruthas call the cops and say “YO! YO! YO!….. WE NEED DA’ COPS HERE, DEY IS GOIN’ CRAZY!!!!” The police can just hold off for a long time…… and after some time, they only need to send the morgue vans in there. We’ll all see a considerable drop in the crime rate, and maybe even our taxes. By the way, when referring to the murder of MLK, Howard Stern said that maybe if they murdered 4 more “civil rights” leaders, we could get a whole week off.

  • Max

    If it were mere white mortals (civilians) nobody would give a damn but THIS is an insult to government as government agents were injured. That is the ONLY reason that the Congo Collective will even denounce this crime.

    The whites have been even less pointed in their denunciations for fear of more of the same. If it were just white passersby they wouldn’t rate a mention at all, just another “unfortunate incident in a crowd of mostly-peaceful protestors”.

  • ViktorNN

    There have been radicals organizing in Ferguson for months. They’ve been planning this shooting to coincide with the reports that came out the past couple of weeks. I think there’s a good chance there will be more shootings.

  • WR_the_realist

    “This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson,” Mr. Holder said. “This was a damn punk, a punk, who was trying to sow discord.”

    Michael Brown was also a damn punk, who after a robbery assaulted a police officer. So, Mr. Holder, if you had admitted that from the start, none of this would have happened.