Carol DanielBy Carol Daniel

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Britton Esreal, 19, has been charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action in Tuesday night’s shooting during more unrest in Ferguson.

St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar says the shooting took place at about 1 a.m. at West Florissant and Chambers Road, at a time when county police were responding to reports of four or five men with masks and shotguns in an area where shots were heard.

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Belmar says he was near the scene Tuesday and learned there was an officer-involved shooting. Belmar says he spoke to the officer – not to question him, but to ask if he was OK.

He says it’s reasonable to believe that an officer who has a handgun pointed at him at close range is in imminent fear for his life.

The officer who reportedly shot Esrael is described as a seven-year veteran. The officer is on paid administrative leave.

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