Jeffrey Williams, 20, of St. Louis has been charged in connection with the shooting of two unnamed Ferguson police officers. The Webster Groves officer, 32, a seven-year veteran, was shot in the face, the bullet entered under his right eye and became lodged behind his ear, officials said. The county officer, 41, a 14-year veteran, was shot in the shoulder, with the bullet coming out of his back. Both were treated for their wounds and subsequently released from the hospital.
Williams is reportedly serving probation for receiving stolen property, he allegedly says he was firing at someone else and the officers weren’t the intended victims in the midst of a demonstration that included anti-police and pro-police demonstrators. At the time of the shooting, there was a warrant out for the suspect’s arrest after failing to show up to sessions with his probation officer. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, among other charges, and is being held on $300,000 bond.
If convicted of the crimes, he faces life in prison.