FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police said at least 52 people were arrested, two people were shot, and four officers were injured during the protests in Ferguson Sunday night and Monday.
Most are charged with failure to disperse. County police said 93 percent of those arrested were non-Ferguson residents. Of those arrested, 27 percent were non-Missouri residents.
A flurry of gunshots was heard late Monday night coming from Canfield Dr. Police said one person was shot in the hand and they did not disclose the injuries of the other person. Both shooting victims are expected to survive.
According to police, four officers were injured when they were struck by rocks and bottles at various times throughout the night.
Firefighters battled two fires throughout the evening. One fire was at a business and the other was at a residence. No injuries were reported in either of the incidents.
During an early morning press conference, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said he was inspired by the citizens in Ferguson who withstood chaotic situations, had the courage to carryout peaceful demonstrations, and move on to other areas as the situation deteriorated.
“They are a part of the energy and goodness of this community,” Johnson said. “That energy can light up and inspire. It can help us move past violence.”
Johnson also suggested protesters protest during the daytime so the small minority of instigators cannot hide among the crowd of peaceful protesters.
The peaceful protest turned violent Monday night when there were reports of citizens throwing Molotov cocktails at police. Tear gas was deployed by law enforcement just after 11:00 p.m. News 4’s Julian Johnson was one of many hit by tear gas. Officers sent out reports over scanners and loudspeaker to tell demonstrators to leave and go home.
A “Code 2000” was issued around 11:30 Monday night, meaning 50 additional officers were requested to come to the scene.
At one point during the night, police said they were in a standoff with protesters when they heard what sounded like a flurry of gunshots.
Around midnight, police ordered members of the media to leave protest area and go to the police command post.
Throughout the evening police confiscated two guns and a Molotov cocktail.
Police said there were not shots fired from their weapons during the evening.