Two police officers were shot and wounded outside of the Ferguson, Mo. police department during protests that followed the town's police chief resigning. 

During a news conference, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder around midnight local time, while a 32-year-old officer from suburban Webster Groves was shot in the face. 

St. Louis County Police Department said that both officers had suffered non-life threatening injuries, but were in serious condition.

Fox News reported:

Belmar said that at least three shots were fired and were believed to come from a house across the street from the police department.

"I don't know who did the shooting, to be honest with you," Belmar said, adding that he could not provide a description of the suspect or gun.

He said his "assumption" was that, based on where the officers were standing and the trajectory of the bullets, "these shots were directed exactly at my officers."

The shooting was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Marciay Pitchford, 20, was among the protesters outside the police department. She told The Associated Press the protest had been mostly peaceful until he heard the shots ring out.

"I saw the officer go down and the other police officers drew their guns while other officers dragged the injured officer away," Pitchford said. "All of a sudden everybody started running or dropping to the ground," he said.

Wednesday afternoon, roughly 200 people had gathered to demand more changes in the city's government after Tom Jackson resigned as police chief. 

KTVI reported that at "least one person had been arrested and that protestors blocked traffic on nearby Florissant Road." 

Jackson is the sixth Ferguson employee to resign or be fired. 


UPDATE, 12:45p ETPolice were questioning three people in connection with the shooting of two Missouri police officers early Thursday at a protest outside the Ferguson police headquarters, and a top law enforcement official said it was only "by God's grace" that the two cops are expected to survive.

Meantime, reports indicated that the injured officers have been released from the hospital. 

President Obama and Attorney General Holder condemned the attack on Twitter. 

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