TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) – A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after chasing two suspects.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early Sunday that the officer approached the men around 9:10 pm because the community center was closed.

As the officer approached, the two men ran away and later “one of the men turned and shot” the officer in the arm, Belmar said.

He said the officer returned fire but said police have no indication that either suspect was shot. According to Belmar, a search was underway for the suspects early Sunday in Ferguson.

Police has denied the officer's shooting was related to two separate protests about Michael Brown's shooting that were going on Saturday night around the same time.

Ferguson, the central Missouri town has been the scene of racial unrest in the wake of the August shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. Since then, many protests were held in the city against police brutality, and lots of them turned violent after police attacked protesters.

In his recent speech in UN General Assembly, US President Barack Obama pointed to the city and its unrest as a problem in the country.

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