Police make arrest in connection to shooting last week in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Authorities say a 20-year-old man who had been out at Thursday’s protest is charged in the shootings of two St. Louis area officers.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, among other things.

McCulloch also said Williams told police he fired the shots at someone other than the police officers.

He said Williams used a 40mm handgun, which matches the shell casings at the scene.

Williams is being held at St. Louis County Jail.

The officers were shot early Thursday as demonstrators gathered after Ferguson’sĀ police chief resigned in the wake of a scathing federal Justice Department report.

The officers were released later Thursday.