Police Return Fire in Ferguson Shooting on Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Death: Official

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Multiple shots erupted in Ferguson late Sunday night, sending people running for cover, as crowds marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer.

The shot rang out as Ferguson’s acting police chief, Andre Anderson, was speaking to reporters.

Several objects were thrown at police and some businesses damaged, the St. Louis County Police Department said.

The St. Louis County Police Department was involved in an officer-involved shooting in Ferguson after officers came under heavy gunfire, according to spokesman Shawn McGuire. The details were unclear; authorities said they will release more details.

Authorities said they were trying to restore order amid the tensions Sunday night. Police, with helmets and shields, pushed crowds back and called in tactical units

The details of what happened on August 9, 2014, and the days of protest that followed have become a polarizing topic in Ferguson and America as a whole.

For much of the evening Sunday, police and protesters faced off on West Florissant, where Brown was shot.

Overnight Saturday, a teenager was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of resiting arrest, the St. Louis County Police said in a statement. The victim, 22, was transported to hospital with nonlife-threatening wounds.

Brown’s killing by officer Darren Wilson sparked outrage and protests nationwide against what some described as racial bias by the police.

Hours before the gunfire, residents marked the first anniversary of the killing with peaceful marches and a moment of silence.