Police in Missouri have fired more than 200 shots in a series of overnight raids in the city’s predominantly black St. Louis neighborhood, a day after rioters stormed a police station and damaged cars.
The raids are part of a nationwide response to a white police officer’s killing of an unarmed black teenager in August.
A curfew was imposed for the St. Charles area, but residents were allowed to leave if they were on their way to work.
The protests in Ferguson have since become the latest flashpoint in a national debate over police use of force and the use of deadly force against people of colour.
St. Joseph police Chief Steve Chabot said in a statement that a number of officers have been hurt and arrested and “several have been wounded.”
Police have responded to several high-profile protests, including a sit-in at the Ferguson police station on Aug. 9, a violent protest on Aug 12 and a looting incident on Aug 16.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said in its statement that one person was shot during the raid on an apartment.
“At approximately 8:30 a.m.
(local time), St. Martin’s officers executed a search warrant for an apartment in the 1200 block of South Euclid Avenue,” the sheriff’s office said.
“During the raid, several occupants of the residence were struck by gunfire, one of whom was struck by a projectile that hit the window of the front door of the apartment.
One person was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
Police in the St Louis area said in their statement that officers were responding to a “riot” in a St. Paul, Minnesota, apartment complex on Aug 19.
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff Department said in the same statement that shots were fired in the area around 4:30 p.m., the same time police in St. Peters, Missouri, were responding a call about a suspicious person in the town.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said on Tuesday that he would not prosecute anyone involved in the Ferguson shooting, a decision that came a day before McCulloch is set to face a grand jury for his role in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in August 2014.
McCulloch told reporters in St Louis that there was no evidence the officer who shot Brown had a prior criminal record, although police said they were investigating.
On Monday, McCulloch and the St Charles County District Attorney’s Office released a report on the police department’s use of lethal force in the incident.
In it, they identified eight people arrested and charged in the shooting of Brown and said they had “strong indications” that officers shot Brown because of their race.
McCullough said that one of the suspects arrested had been in contact with the man who shot him.
McCulloch said the shooting was justified.
“When a person is shot in the back, the officer has no choice but to use lethal force,” McCulloch wrote in his statement.
“The officer who fired the fatal shot was lawfully present and the officer did not have the opportunity to retreat and avoid any further harm.”
In August, a grand juries declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who was charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 12 shooting.
Wilson’s trial is set for September.
McCullow, who has been in office since 2011, said in his letter that the police were “unfairly targeted” in the case of Brown, who died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
The grand jury decision to not indict Wilson came after a yearlong investigation into Brown’s death.
McCullow said his office “was not satisfied” with the police investigation and that the Ferguson Police Department has a culture of brutality.
McCulloh said that Ferguson’s grand jury was also “not satisfied” by the way the city handled the investigation.
He said he would continue to work with the St Joseph Police Department to “create an atmosphere where people feel safe and they feel welcome.”
“We know that this is an ongoing, painful, complex investigation,” McCullow wrote.
The St Louis County prosecutor’s office also said in Monday’s statement that it has launched an investigation into the officers involved in Brown’s shooting.
Chief Chabots statement said: “I can assure you that the St Michael’s County Sheriff, St. Marys County Sheriff and St. Thomas County Sheriff are committed to doing all we can to make sure justice is served in this matter.
I am also committed to the safety and well-being of all of our officers and the public at large, and will continue to do all I can to ensure the safety of the citizens of St. Michael’s and St Thomas County.
As a police officer and a prosecutor, I have been involved in multiple incidents where I have seen officers use excessive force and unjustified fear to serve their mission and the community’s needs.
I will continue