- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A man referencing the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, attempted to assault a Detroit officer following a police shooting, a department spokesman said.

The man, whose name was not immediately available Thursday, was part of the crowd that congregated Wednesday evening in an eastside neighborhood after Detroit officers wounded a suspect in an illegal gun deal, Sgt. Michael Woody said.

“One man came across the police line, citing the issues in Ferguson,” Woody said. “He came in contact with an officer and was pepper-sprayed.”

Woody said he didn’t know how many people were in the crowd, but “it was enough to warrant calling in backup.”

Dozens of people have been arrested in Ferguson, outside St. Louis, during protests over the fatal shooting Saturday of Michael Brown, 18. Police there have used rubber bullets and tear gas on crowds after some tossed rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails at officers.

Most of the crowd in Detroit remained calm, Woody said.

“Officers were able to bring some calm to the situation after we got some antagonizers out of the crowd,” Woody said, adding that Detroit police “recognize what a sensitive issue” Brown’s shooting is.

Police Chief James Craig told The Detroit News that he will have officers in city neighborhoods reach out and communicate with residents.

“There may have been some upset over Ferguson and expressed their frustration during our investigation,” Craig said.

Two men were arrested in the gun deal which was witnessed by undercover officers doing surveillance in the area following a series of robberies. One of the suspects was shot in the right shoulder trying to run down officers. He was treated at a hospital for a grazing wound, Woody said.

Both of those men face multiple charges in the gun case and an ensuing police chase, he added.

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