Michael Brown shooting: Dead body found in Ferguson complex where teenager was killed

Heated protests erupted in Ferguson last night after a grand jury announced it would not indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown

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A body has been found in a car parked in the complex in Ferguson where Michael Brown was fatally shot in August, in what police are calling a suspicious death.

The man, in his twenties, was shot dead and set on fire, broadcaster KTVI-TV reported.

At around 9am today, St Louis County Police Department were alerted to an “unresponsive man” inside a vehicle near the intersection of Windwood and Glenn Owen, near where Michael Brown was shot. The man was later confirmed dead on the scene, the force said in a statement.

Police are now investigating the incident, and have not identified the man or the circumstances leading up to the discovery. 

“This incident is currently being classified as a suspicious death and will remain so until evidence allows a different classification. No further information at this time," the force said.

The discovery comes after a grand jury did not indict white police officer, Darren Wilson, for shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, 18 - sparking heated protests in the city overnight.

 

Since the verdict was announced last night, police have arrested 61 people in the city, many for burglary and trespassing, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said.

There were 21 arrests in St Louis alone, where protesters broke shop windows along South Grand Avenue, St Louis Mayor Francis Slay said.

This morning, firefighters doused the charred remains of some businesses which had been set alight in protests which had now calmed down.

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In the wake of violence over the verdict, Missouri governor Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to be deployed in Ferguson.

Mr Nixon's office announced that the additional guardsmen will provide security at the Ferguson Police Department, which was at the centre of protests.

The violence comes despite pleas for calm from President Barack Obama and the family of the victim Michael Brown.

Additional reporting by AP

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