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Police officers receive 'very serious' gunshot injuries outside Ferguson Police Department

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Police taking up position outside the Ferguson Department
Police taking up position outside the Ferguson Department

Two police officers have been shot outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to reports.

The shots were allegedly fired early today as police and protesters gathered outside the station after the resignation of police chief Thomas Jackson.

Ferguson Lieutenant Colonel Al Eickhoff told the St Louis Post-Despatch that he did not think either officer was from his department.

Lt Col Eickhoff added he did not know the extent of the officers' injuries.

One officer was allegedly shot in the face and one in the shoulder, St Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said.

Both suffered "very serious gunshot injuries" and are being treated, he said.

Mr Jackson was the sixth employee to resign or be fired after a US Justice Department report cleared former officer Darren Wilson of civil rights charges in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, but found a profit-driven court system and widespread racial bias in the city police department.