State of Emergency declared in St. Louis

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Two St. Louis County Police Department vehicles were damaged by gunfire in the early hours of August 10, 2015, police said. This photo details some of the damage from those gunshots.

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ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A State of Emergency has been declared in St. Louis following a night of violence where a man opened fire on police.

Police say Tyrone Harris, Jr. is in critical condition after police returned fire.

A 9mm handgun, previously been reported stolen out of Cape Girardeau,  was recovered at the scene according to KTVI-TV.

Harris, Jr. was reportedly a classmate of Michael Brown.

He is charged with four counts of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.

In a separate incident, two people were shot at the same apartment complex where Brown was shot and killed in 2014.

Several businesses were looted Sunday night.

A Department of Justice investigation used witness testimony and forensics to clear former officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.

The investigation (page 82) found Brown struggled with Wilson trying to get his gun, then ran but returned and charged the officer putting him in danger.

Police are hoping tonight will bring calm back to the Ferguson area.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has issued the following statement:

“In light of last night’s violence and unrest in the City of Ferguson, and the potential for harm to persons and property, I am exercising my authority as county executive to issue a state of emergency, effective immediately.

The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger. The time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others.

I commend the St. Louis County Police Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and other local agencies for their professional response as they work daily in the service of law, order, and peace.
Pursuant to my executive order, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar shall immediately take over the operation of police emergency management in the City of Ferguson and surrounding areas.

Chief Belmar shall exercise all powers and duties necessary to preserve order, prevent crimes, and protect the life and property of our citizens.”

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