Police say surveillance video shows suspect in Ferguson shooting

Ferguson shooting suspect

Police say a surveillance video from an insurance office shows Tyrone Harris Jr. grab a handgun out of his waistband in Ferguson, Mo.

(St. Louis County Police Department)

St. Louis County police released surveillance camera footage they said showed the 18-year-old suspect who was critically wounded after being shot by police in Ferguson.

Tyrone Harris Jr. was shot late Sunday after police say he opened fire on an unmarked police van. The shooting happened as protesters nearby were marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s shooting death.

Police on Tuesday released a 13-second clip of security camera footage from a West Florissant Avenue insurance office. Police say the video, taken minutes before Harris fired at plainclothes officers, shows him grabbing a handgun from his waistband after gunshots ring out.

Police have said as many as six people who were part of two feuding groups unrelated to the protest were firing the shots. During the gunfire, Harris apparently spotted plainclothes officers arriving in the unmarked van and fired at them, authorities have said.

Harris was in critical condition Monday at a St. Louis hospital. County police and Barnes-Jewish Hospital were unable to provide updates on his condition Tuesday.

Harris’ father disputed the police account Monday but declined to discuss his son’s shooting Tuesday.

Tyrone Harris Jr. has been charged with 10 felonies — five counts of armed criminal action, four counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, and a firearms charge.

Online court records show that Harris was charged in November with stealing a motor vehicle and a gun, as well as resisting arrest by fleeing. A court hearing in that case is scheduled for Aug. 31.


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