FERGUSON, Mo. — A large crowd of angry residents confronted police officers Saturday afternoon, yelling such things as “kill the police” after an officer fatally shot a male in a St. Louis-area neighborhood.
Officer Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, said “a couple hundred” people came out of area apartment buildings after an officer with the Ferguson Police Department shot and killed the male. Schellman did not identify the person who was shot or say what prompted the shooting.
Schellman said some people yelled threats toward the police, and officers said they thought they heard gunshots from the crowd. There were no reports of additional injuries, he said.
After the crowd gathered, police at the scene called for about 60 other police units to respond to the area in Ferguson, which is a city of about 21,000 residents located a few miles north of downtown St. Louis. He said the crowd was under control by about 5 p.m. and several of the additional officers had left the area.
St. Louis County police were called in to investigate the cause of the shooting, Schellman said.