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Holder denounces shooting of police

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

FERGUSON (AP):

United States (US) Attorney General Eric Holder says the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson is "inexcusable and repugnant".

Holder released a statement condemning violence against any public-safety officials, calling it "cowardly". He cited the early morning shootings in Ferguson, along with this week's death of a deputy federal marshal in Louisiana, and last week's killing of an officer in Philadelphia.

senseless acts

Holder said "such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that non-violent protesters in Ferguson and around the country" have been working towards for several months.

He said he hopes for the full and speedy recovery of the Ferguson officer, and said the US Justice Department stands ready to assist in the investigation.

St Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said officers converged on the house. He said people were taken in for questioning, though other details weren't immediately released.

Both officers were shot shortly after midnight during a protest outside Ferguson police headquarters. The officers have been released from the hospital. One was shot in the face, the other in the shoulder. Their names haven't been released.

Missouri's governor is asking the public for help identifying who shot the two police officers.

intentionally targeted

Governor Jay Nixon said the officers were "intentionally targeted" during protests. The governor said his thoughts and prayers are with the officers.

The Democrat said it's 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".

Nixon says the Missouri State Highway Patrol is in contact with investigators with St Louis County police and is ready to assist with the investigation.

He further said that law-enforcement officers risk their lives to protect the public, and he notes "the fact that these officers appear to have been intentionally targeted is deeply troubling".