The Franklin County SWAT Team assisted authorities in Ferguson last evening. 

"We will be assisting them again this evening.  We will  be providing assistance on an as need basis as the situation continues.  Our participation is the result of a “request” not an order from the Highway Patrol and St. Louis County Police," Sheriff Gary Toelke said. 

"These agencies and others have assisted us on many occasions in the past with manpower and equipment protecting the citizens of Franklin County at no cost to us.  We have been extremely grateful for their help.  We are now assisting them and their citizens in a very critical situation." Toelke said.

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Members of Franklin County’s SWAT Team responded to Ferguson Tuesday night to assist other law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff Gary Toelke said his department received a call for assistance about 5 p.m. Tuesday from the Missouri Highway Patrol which is in command of agencies assigned to keep peace in the community, the scene of demonstrations and rioting over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Toelke said about 15 members of the team responded to the call. They returned to Franklin County early Wednesday.

The sheriff said Wednesday morning that he had not been briefed yet on the operation.

Check back for updates and see the Weekend Missourian for more details.