A 20-year-old man has been charged with the shooting of two Ferguson police officers that occurred last week (Mar. 12). Jeffrey Williams, was announced by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch as the man apprehended by the city’s officials today (Mar. 15), according Yahoo! News.
Williams, who was found to be using a handgun that matched the shell casings on the scene, claimed that he was not targeting the officers injured in the incident. He instead maintains that he was aiming at someone with which he had a dispute. Tensions in the troubled city were high on the night of the shooting, however, as a late-night protest took place in response to the resignation Police Chief Tom Jackson due to the U.S. Justice Department’s findings of racial biases in the police department.
While McCulloch said authorities don’t “completely buy” Williams’ story, local protesters have ensured that the suspected shooter was not connected to their movement. Activists have openly denounced that Williams took part in their demonstrations, though McCulloch claims he “was out there earlier that evening as part of the demonstration.”
Williams is being held on a $300,000 bond and has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action.