Two FBI agents shot near Ferguson are said to have suffered injuries to the shoulder and leg, respectively, but they are non-fatal wounds. Due to the racial unrest that continues to simmer in Ferguson this week, many have speculated that the shootings may have resulted from public backlash in light of no indictment set against police officer Darren Wilson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Yet MSN News reports this Wednesday, November 26, 2014, that a spokesperson confirmed this was an isolated incident during an arrest and not specifically connected with the recent social upheaval.
It certainly would seem plausible for the crimes to be related, but FBI agents shot near Ferguson are not said to be injured as a direct result of the recent violence in northern St. Louis County. A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation agency, Rebecca Wu, provided a short statement this week confirming that 2 individuals were shot, but not due to ongoing racial unrest or tensions.
It appears that one of the agents was shot in the shoulder; another suffered a bullet wound to the leg. The gunman, a murder suspect, has had few details revealed about him at this time; however, it has been stated that the FBI agents were working with police authorities at the time in trying to complete an arrest warrant in the Ferguson area. The injuries are fortunately not life-threatening, but a private investigation into the matter is already underway.
“The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests,” noted Wu. Further information was not provided. According to a Yahoo News report, over 2,000 law enforcement authorities joined forces with National Guard troops to help suppress a second violent and crime-ridden night in Ferguson this week. Officials say that while the level of theft and arson has decreased since the first night of the grand jury’s verdict, there is still a “considerable” amount of racial unrest and vehemence present.
The social tensions in the St. Louis suburban are believed to have stemmed after a Missouri grand jury opted not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer for the Ferguson Department, in the shooting and killing of black teen Michael Brown, 18 years old, who was unarmed at the time. The response has been immediate and controversial from the moment the decision was conveyed to the U.S. public at large.
The press release concludes that the two FBI agents shot near Ferguson in the shoulder and leg are currently receiving medical treatment. It is reported that the non-fatal shooting occurred early this Wednesday morning, only hours after local police officers worked to suppress rampant protesters in the city. At least one more police car was apparently burned on Tuesday night over the ongoing racial unrest, and authorities still required tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse them.