Gov. Nixon Visits St. Louis County Following Shooting Of Two Officers In Ferguson

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Following the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson Wednesday night, Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to St. Louis County this afternoon for a briefing from St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Earlier in the day, the Governor spoke by phone with St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Captain Mike Nelson, acting Chief of the Webster Groves Police Department.

“I ask Missourians to join me in calling for calm in the wake of the cowardly and reprehensible ambush of two police officers who were acting to protect the public,” Gov. Nixon said. “I also thank all the brave law enforcement officers who selflessly risk their lives each day to keep communities safe.”

At the request of the St. Louis County Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be sending additional officers to Ferguson tonight, and the Patrol is joining the St. Louis County Police Department in assuming command of the security detail regarding protests in the City of Ferguson.

The Governor will continue to monitor the situation and remain in contact with local leaders and law enforcement.

Earlier today, the Governor issued this statement regarding the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson early this morning:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to these brave officers and their families.  Each day, our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect the public and the fact that these officers appear to have been intentionally targeted is deeply troubling. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been in contact with the St. Louis County Police Department and stands ready to assist in the investigation. It is imperative that anyone with information about the shooting immediately come forward so that those who perpetrated these senseless crimes can be apprehended and brought to justice.”