Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfew

5 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, August 17 2014 Aug 17, 2014 Sunday, August 17, 2014 8:11:00 AM CDT August 17, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - Authorities say one person was shot and critically wounded and seven people were arrested as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was shot.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said his department's strong response early Sunday morning came after a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew took hold in Ferguson, and was precipitated by two events.

Johnson said concerns about people who'd broken into a barbecue restaurant and taken position on the roof overlooking approaching police was one concern. He said another concern involved a man flashing a handgun appearing in the middle of the street as armored vehicles approached.

Johnson said someone also fired at a patrol car, but no officers were injured.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot Aug. 9, prompting protests, unrest and claims of civil rights violations.

[Editor's Note: This story has been changed from its original format to reflect the most accurate information.]

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