Wesley Lowery and David A. Fahrenthold, THE WASHINGTON POST
CLAYTON, Mo. (The Washington Post)—Authorities charged a 20-year-old man from the St. Louis area with shooting two officers during a protest last week in Ferguson, and they said the alleged gunman had attended the protest earlier in the night.
Jeffrey Williams was arrested late Saturday without a struggle and charged with two counts of first-degree assault. The top prosecutor in St. Louis County, Robert McCulloch, said police relied on tips from the public to identify Williams. He said Williams had admitted firing the shots that struck the officers as they stood guard outside Ferguson police headquarters.
McCulloch said that Williams, who is African American, “is a demonstrator” and that he had also attended other protests in Ferguson — although he did not say how many. “He’s been out there on other occasions, part of the demonstrations,” McCulloch said at a news conference.