Ferguson Shooting: Chief says cops lucky to live after 'ambush'

Mar 12, 2015 10:35 AM by NBC News

One of the two police officers shot overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, has a bullet lodged in his head, and both are lucky to have survived, a police official said on Thursday.

"We could have buried two police officers next week over this," Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County police told reporters.

He said that both officers were shot from about 125 yards away. Detectives are working on leads, but no one is in custody, he said. He said that the number of shooters was not clear.

The shots were fired outside police headquarters just after midnight local time, toward the end of a rally that followed the resignation of the Ferguson police chief.

Belmar said that three or four shots had been fired. The officers were standing together, in what Belmar described as a line of 20 to 25 officers.

"This is really an ambush, is what it is," he said.

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