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Parents of Michael Brown issue statement after officers shot in Ferguson

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The family of Michael Brown, Jr. issued a statement Thursday condemning the senseless shooting of two officers were shot during protests around midnight Wednesday.

“The family of Michael Brown, Jr. condemns this morning's senseless shooting of two Ferguson police officers.

We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot and will not be tolerated.

We specifically denounce the actions of stand-alone agitators who unsuccessfully attempt to derail the otherwise peaceful and non-violent movement that has emerged throughout this nation to confront police brutality and to forward the cause of equality under the law for all.

We must work together to bring peace to our communities.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the officers injured during this morning's shooting and their families.”

The two officers were taken to a hospital and treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

A St. Louis County officer suffered a gunshot wound to the should and the bullet exited his body near his spin, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

Another officer, from Webster Groves, was shot on the high point of his cheek and the bullet became lodged behind his ear.

An officer at the scene of the shooting described the incident to News 4 as an ambush.

According to St. Louis County Police Officer Shawn McGuire, both officers were released from the hospital Thursday morning.

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