Officer shoots man near site of Brown protests

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Protesters yell at police Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a St. Louis County police officer has shot and critically wounded a man who police said pulled a handgun on the officer. It happened near the site of protests over the death of unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by police last weekend.

Police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch they received a call about several armed men and reports of shots fired. Police spokesman Brian Schellman said an officer approached one of the men, who pulled a gun, and the officer fired. The man was taken to a hospital.

The area has seen several protests since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson officer Saturday. Some turned into looting, and police have used tear gas to break up crowds. Community leaders have called for calm.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

 

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