CRIME

Ferguson Police Officer Shot While Chasing Suspect

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 30: Members of the Ferguson Police department wear body cameras during a rally August 30, 2014 in Fergu
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 30: Members of the Ferguson Police department wear body cameras during a rally August 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

A Ferguson Police officer was shot Saturday evening in North St. Louis County, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police said.

The officer was shot in the arm, KMOV reported. Officials said the wounds were non-life threatening.

Tim Zoll of the Ferguson Police Department told KSDK News an officer was on patrol near a community center when he saw someone run from the back of the building. The officer chased after the suspect, who then turned and shot the pursuing officer. The suspect fled the scene.

Civilians took to the streets after news broke, but were asked by police to leave. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson refuted claims that police had shot and killed someone.

A heavy police presence remained on streets of the area as people gathered to protest.

The shooting followed days of protests in Ferguson, after the Ferguson Police Chief issued a video apology to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer earlier this summer.

Reports emerged of the shooting on social media earlier Saturday night.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.