Tyrone Harris Jr., 18, of St. Louis Missouri, was shot by police when he fired at responding officers. He graduated from Normandy High School and he and Michael Brown Jr., “were real close.”, according to the shooter’s father. He allegedly opened fire during a protest. The police department tweeted that at least two unmarked cars were hit by gunfire.
The Blaze Reported:
UPDATE 6:25 a.m. ET: According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the gunshot victim who was shot by police after he allegedly opened fire during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, was identified by his father as 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Jr.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified publicly by authorities, was in critical condition and underwent surgery early this morning.
Tyrone Harris told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his son and Michael Brown Jr. “were real close.”
“We think there’s a lot more to this than what’s being said,” Harris Sr. told the newspaper of the situation.
None of the four officers involved in returning gunfire were injured but all were placed on standard administrative leave.
UPDATE 4:00 a.m. ET – Chief Belmar of St. Louis County Police held a brief, pre-dawn press conference updating reporters with new details from a shootout between four plain-clothes officers and a man suspected of involvement in the earlier shooting.
Belmar told reporters the officers’ unmarked SUV was hit several times and they returned fire, wounding the suspect. Police arrested the man, transported him to a local hospital where he is in “critical, unstable condition,” according to the chief.
Ferguson protester Tony Rice reportedly captured video showing the alleged shooter on the ground. As he was recording the scene, police attempted to stop him, claiming the scene was unsecured. Rice was reportedly arrested.
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