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Suspect involved in police shooting says officers weren’t targeted

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The suspect accused of shooting two police officers during demonstrations in Ferguson Thursday night says the officers were not his intended targets.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams may have had a dispute with another person taking part in the protest. Williams reportedly told investigators the officers were not the intended target and said he was trying to shoot someone else.

“He may have had a dispute with other individuals or felt some dispute. We're not sure we completely buy that part of it,” said McCulloch. “But it is possible he was firing at some other people and the officers were, of course, in the back.”

Officials say Williams had been present at the demonstration earlier that evening, but Bishop Derrick Robinson of the Kingdom Destiny Fellowship knows Williams and says that's not true. He talked with Williams behind bars and said Williams told him he was not a part of the demonstrations.

“He was very remorseful,” Robinson said. “He said he wasn't trying to shoot anyone. He was angry and shooting up.” Robinson also claimed that Williams had felt the full wrath of the police who had been on a massive search for the gunman. “He was very bruised [on his] back, shoulders, and head. They bruised him pretty bad while he was in handcuffs,” Robinson said. “The police beat him last night. He was in severe pain.”

A handgun investigators recovered matched the shell casings, McCulloch said. Williams is on probation for receiving stolen property and there was a warrant for his arrest.

However, investigators say it doesn't matter if the officers were the intended targets or not. Williams is still facing multiple charges including first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $300,000 cash-only bond.  He was arraigned Monday.



 
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