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FERGUSON UPDATE: Suspect's father says police are lying


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The father of a black 18-year-old who was critically wounded after being shot by Ferguson police calls authorities' account "a bunch of lies" and says his son was unarmed.

Tyrone Harris Sr. of St. Louis tells The Associated Press that Tyrone Harris Jr. was shot eight to 12 times. Police say he is in critical condition.

The shooting happened late Sunday on the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a white police officer.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the suspect was among about six people who fired shots during a protest. Belmar says the suspect spotted a van carrying four plainclothes officers and fired into the windshield. All four officers returned fire.

The elder Harris says his son was caught in a dispute between two groups and was "running for his life" when shot by police.

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