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Ferguson Update: Three Questioned After Shooting of Two Police Officers

Posted on | March 12, 2015 | 30 Comments

We reported this morning that two police officers were shot in downtown Ferguson, Missouri. The investigation into that shooting led to what police called a “tactical situation” at a home in Ferguson. KTVI reports:

Police swarmed a house in Ferguson, just four blocks from the Ferguson Police Department, where the shooting took place ,according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A tactical team scaled the home and tried to break in through the attic, where they believed one of the suspects may have been hiding. The house is located on Dade Avenue, near Tiffin Avenue.
After breaking through, there was no one found. Two men were however escorted from the home in handcuffs, as well as the woman who rents the home. Police would not comment on the situation.
Raw video from the scene showed protesters pointing to a nearby hill after shots rang out at about midnight. Police say they officers were shot from about 125 yards away.

Meanwhile, the two wounded officers have been released:

Two area police officers seriously wounded after they were shot while standing along S. Florissant Road directly in front of the Ferguson Police Department Thursday morning have been released from the hospital.
The officers are from St. Louis County and Webster Groves. . . .
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says at least three shots were fired. The Webster Groves police officer, a 32-year-old who has been on the force seven years, was shot just under his right eye, in the high-cheek area. The bullet is lodged underneath his right ear. . . .
The St. Louis County officer, a 41-year-old with 14 years of law enforcement experience, was shot in his right shoulder. The bullet traveled through his back and out between his scapula and spine.

Warner Todd Huston comments:

The “BlackLivesMatters” rioters insisted that the shooter wasn’t with them as they gathered outside the police station.
But other witnesses note that there were two distinct groups of protesters. One group marching and chanting peacefully and another one getting increasingly mean spirited, loud and violent. In fact, as the cops were lying on the street shot, one protester is heard on video saying that they deserved what they got.

Obviously, expect more updates as this breaking story develops.

UPDATE: Shell casings were found at the scene, indicating a semiautomatic handgun was likely used in the shooting.

UPDATE II: Ace of Spades comments:

The left is having spasms that people on the right are suggesting that these shootings just might be the result of a viciously false narrative peddled by the radical left, the President, and their fellow travelers in the media.
In every other shooting, the left goes looking for the toxic politicsthat animated the shooting, and tries to connect it with a politician’s words; here, they’re aghast that anyone would be so gauche to do that.

We will continue monitoring developments in the investigation.



30 Responses to “Ferguson Update: Three Questioned After Shooting of Two Police Officers”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 12th, 2015 @ 12:07 pm
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  3. concern00
    March 12th, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

    “In every other shooting, the left goes looking for the toxic politics…”

    …and consistently don’t find them, so they are forced to invent them. The irony here is that the toxic politics are very real and are the smoking gun.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 12th, 2015 @ 1:41 pm
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  6. OrangeEnt
    March 12th, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    Holy crap!!!! Wotta shooter! Shot the police with a handgun from 125 yards away AND threw the casings at their feet!!!!! Let’s get this guy in the army. New king of snipers….

  7. Jeanette Victoria
    March 12th, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

    Leftist wacko are writing about the shooting using #gunsense hash tag. As if gun laws would even make difference.

    I know never underestimate the lunacy of progressives

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  9. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

    How hard would it be for the 6300 Whites to abandon Ferguson? How many of the 14,800 Blacks could do so? As of 2010 the other ethnicities living there are statistically insignificant.
    Obviously many of both races are too poor to escape or simply can’t overcome the inertia that holds them. This city is dying, or rather is being killed by race hucksters. This crap has been going on for eight months now and any time some organization wants to interject race into any issue, Ferguson will be where the protest/riots start. This will continue for years or at least there is no reason to believe it will stop near/medium term.

    A community, if one can call Ferguson that. of 22,000 people can’t survive this much unrest. The smart business owners who were burned out took the insurance money and ran, sorta like Detroit in fast motion. But that’s not the worst of it. Ferguson isn’t the first city to have the disparate impact gambit used on it’s police force, I wonder if it’s the smallest. At any rate there is no reason to believe that this gambit will cease being used after a change in occupancy in the White House. Where ever this gambit is used crime rates go up.
    Ferguson is a template for for destroying law and order. Since Blacks commit a disparate amount of crime even where they are a minority minority, and the Injustice Department ignores that fact when investigating LE units, nearly all policing departments investigated will be accused of discrimination via disparate impact. Any instance that triggers a DoJ investigation will result in DoJ required ”reforms” if that county or municipality wants to avoid a federal lawsuit. This will in turn lead to a rise in crime. The same gambit apply’s to school discipline policies resulting in further deterioration of learning in schools. There is no way out of this as long disparate impact is allowed to be used in any way as proxy for measuring racial discrimination.

  10. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 3:42 pm

    The shell casings were found ”at the scene” that doesn’t mean at the officers feet.

  11. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

    Obviously the injuries weren’t as serious as first reported yesterday. If the officer shot in the face had any bone damage he’d still be in surgery or recovery. The officer shot through and through his chest and back is also very lucky.
    P.S. Apparently the officer shot in the face went home with the bullet still lodged under his ear.

  12. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 12th, 2015 @ 4:02 pm

    It you were a renter, easy. If you are a property owner, it would suck.

  13. CrustyB
    March 12th, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

    Yes, please regale us with your bullshit imagination.

  14. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 5:28 pm

    As a renter moving across town to better accommodations is significantly easier than moving to another city, particularly if the distance precludes keeping the same job. Homeowners have the added burden of selling their home or renting a second home for however long the home sale takes. Having children obviously complicates relocation also. If you’re young and unattached particularly if you know someone where you’re relocating makes it easier if you don’t have a job lined up. Probably the most significant factor is how ”good” your current job is (more likely to have savings) and even more so, how ”good” your new job is (more likely to receive help relocating).

  15. K-Bob
    March 12th, 2015 @ 5:32 pm
  16. Matthew W
    March 12th, 2015 @ 7:16 pm

    Holder calls these guys “Damn Punks.”
    Mumia Abu-Jamal is a left wing celebrity
    How do they decide which cop shooters are heroes?

  17. OrangeEnt
    March 12th, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    The Bloomberg story says: “At the shooting scene, casings were found, perhaps from a
    pistol, and investigators were pursuing leads, Belmar said.”

    It later says: “The
    crowd had dwindled to about 75 protesters and 40 officers when
    the shots were fired from about 125 yards (114 meters) away at
    midnight, he said. No officers returned fire, Belmar said.”

    I know of no known personage that can hit two people with a handgun from 125 yards. The story doesn’t say specifically what the “scene” is, therefore it’s certainly believable that the “scene” is the police station. If not clear, it’s the fault of the “reporters,” not the sarcastic responder who posted here….

  18. OrangeEnt
    March 12th, 2015 @ 8:15 pm

    They didn’t ask permission first?

  19. Kirby McCain
    March 12th, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    The number of officers being killed like this is alarming and the AG doesn’t really sound upset.

  20. concern00
    March 12th, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

    The obvious question is what’s to gain in turning a country against its law enforcers but I suspect we know the answer to that one.

  21. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

    An hour or so ago I watched the videos reporting on this at (I don’t have cable or even TV reception) and I don’t recall a single mention of ”shell casings” at all. One ”witness” stated this was a ”sniper type deal” and claimed he could tell from the sound that this was a silenced weapon. I don’t think any of the reports regarding evidence gathered thus far is credible or even informed. The ranges claimed vary by hundreds of yards. If this was a handgun firing 9mm it would drop, according to Mr. Grouchy, 10.75 inches in the first 100 yards. An amazing pair of shots indeed. How many cops were standing there? There is such a thing as a ”lucky shot”.

  22. OrangeEnt
    March 12th, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

    Well, the whole point of my original post was mocking of Bloomberg’s report. They say handgun shells were found and the shooter was 125 yards away, pretty impossible I’d say. We really can’t seem to trust anyone’s reports about any story anymore.

  23. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

    Maybe there is a prize for getting it wrong first.

  24. Isa
    March 12th, 2015 @ 10:05 pm

    can i make a confession here?

    the less Christian side of me says to just go full Arkham City on Ferguson.

    pull all the law-abiding citizens out, wall off the area, and let the criminals kill each other off.

  25. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 10:54 pm

    While usually in favor of obscenely disproportionate over reaction, in this case I’m not sure that’s the way to go. From various reporting of late it appears that many of those who gave false or misleading testimony against Darren Wilson did so out of fear. It’s also clear that most of the most troublesome protesters are from out of town and many are professional activists/agitators. In short most of the residents of Ferguson are hostages. This should be treated as a hostage situation. Intel should be gathered and SpecOps should be deployed. What’s needed is a Ferguson awakening. It’s either that or adopt a strategic village concept.

  26. Isa
    March 12th, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

    yeah, i know, it’s a horrible idea; the Arkham City idea was from the game’s main villain, for crying out loud. i just needed to vent a bit.

  27. Adobe_Walls
    March 12th, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

    For heaven’s sake don’t apologize. Right sentiment, wrong address.

  28. Daniel Freeman
    March 13th, 2015 @ 12:35 am

    One of my favorite authors, and in fact he has more space on my shelves than any other. A great loss.

  29. texlovera
    March 13th, 2015 @ 9:12 am

    1) You don’t have to be a good shot to hit a couple of guys with a handgun from 125 yards if there a whole bunch of people standing in a massed group. I think that may be the case here. If it was a semi-auto, he could have blown off 8 or 10 rounds quickly.

    2) There are a bunch of race hustlers, both inside and outside of Ferguson, who need to be held accountable. Even if not “legally”, they should be found, identified, and publicly humiliated at the very least.

    3) I am certain that there are good, decent people in Ferguson both black and white. I feel genuinely sorry that their town is being torn apart by this. I hope they ultimately get peace and justice. But Lord, you just want to wall the place off and let it burn…

  30. OrangeEnt
    March 13th, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

    Yeah, it’s called the Pulitzer….