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"I wouldn't have any reason to believe right now that it was linked in any way, shape, manner or form with the protests," he said.
The officer, who was treated at a local hospital, returned fire but apparently did not hit the suspect, Schellman said. The shooter disappeared into a nearby wooded area, eluding arrest.
Police said earlier that there were two suspects, but detectives later determined there was only one, Schellman said.
Several hours later, an off-duty St. Louis City police officer was shot at and suffered a minor arm injury from broken glass while driving on a nearby freeway in a personal car, police said.
It was not immediately clear if the two shootings were related.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered near the scene of the night's first shooting, with a group breaking off to protest at Ferguson police headquarters, according to Kareem Jackson, 27, a musician who goes by the stage name Tef Poe and is a member of the activist group HandsUp United.
"People are peaceful as a duck, just literally standing on the side of the street watching," he said in a phone interview from the site where protesters had gathered.
The apology was not well-received among some and led to reported protests hours after it was issued.
Many in Ferguson, a mostly black community of 21,000, have called for Jackson to be fired for what they saw as a heavy-handed response in the aftermath of the killing.Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2014, 11:45