Second autopsy authorized in Missouri shooting case

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal autopsy in the Missouri shooting case.

Meanwhile authorities say one person was shot and critically wounded and seven people were arrested as police used smoke and tear gas to impose a curfew in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen walking down the street had been shot by a white police officer.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says his department’s strong response early Sunday morning came after a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew took hold in Ferguson, and was precipitated by two events.

Johnson says concerns about people who’d broken into a barbecue restaurant and taken position on the roof overlooking approaching police was one concern. He says another concern involved a man flashing a handgun appeared in the middle of the street as armored vehicles approached.

Johnson says someone also fired at a patrol car, but no officers were injured.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot Aug. 9, prompting protests, unrest and claims of civil rights violations.

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