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Ferguson officer had no time to turn on body camera

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson police say an officer shot in the arm was wearing a body camera, but that he didn’t have time to turn it on.

Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it exposed a potential flaw of the devices that Ferguson officers began using about three weeks ago.

Eickhoff says the officer, whose name hasn’t been released, was doing a routine patrol of the new Ferguson Community Center on Saturday. The officer spotted a man running from the building. The officer lost sight of the man during a foot chase and was ambushed at the crest of a hill.

Eickhoff says the man pointed a gun inches from the officer’s chest. The officer deflected the man’s hand and was shot once in the left arm.

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