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Firefighter shot in the helmet at scene of fire in Ferguson, MO


A Missouri firefighter is expected to be okay after falling victim to a gunshot while on the scene of an electrical fire in Ferguson Thursday night.

“A bullet went through the front of his helmet and out the back,” Riverview Fire Department Chief Keith Goldstein told KMOV News in St. Louis. “Thank god he was just grazed on the top of the head.”

According to officials, fire crews had just put out an electrical fire at the Norlake Apartment Complex when the firefighter said it felt like his head was burning. A bullet went through his helmet.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports firefighters didn’t hear any gunshots or see any apparent shooters, Fire Chief Steven Rosenthal said. He said several fire trucks had their sirens on at the time.

The fire chief said initial investigations at the scene didn’t yield a bullet or bullet casing before they turned the scene over to local police, and the chief is confused as to why someone would take aim at first responders.

“I don’t know what else it could’ve been,” he told the Post-Dispatch.

Rosenthal said he didn’t know why someone would shoot at a firefighter.

The firefighter was treated at a hospital and released late Thursday.

It is unclear if firefighters were targeted, and KMOV reports the shooting is under investigation.


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