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Ferguson's Streets Become a Battleground as Night Falls

Police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew Sunday night as protests continued. over the shooting of a black teen.

. Police advance through a cloud of tear gas toward demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Sunday, Aug. 17 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas into the crowd of several hundred as they advanced near the police command center which has been set up in a shopping mall parking lot.

18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. Scott Olson / Getty Images

. Demonstrators face off with police after tear gas was fired at protesters in Ferguson on Sunday. Shots were fired and police shouted through bullhorns for protesters to disperse, witnesses said. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

. Smoke trails tear gas canisters fired into the air during protests in Ferguson.

Sunday's clashes erupted three hours before the curfew imposed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Officers in riot gear ordered all the protesters to disperse, and many did, but about 100 stood about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley of tear gas. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

. A protester yells towards police in a cloud of tear gas in Ferguson on Sunday. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

. A law enforcement officer on a tactical vehicle watches after a device was fired to disperse a crowd. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas, shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. Charlie Riedel / AP

. Demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer try to stand their ground despite being overcome by tear gas. Scott Olson / Getty Images

. Protesters react to the effects of tear gas. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

. A police officer prepares to throw a tear gas canister as police try to disperse demonstrators in Ferguson on Sunday. Ed Zurga / EPA

. A man gets help after being overcome by tear gas. Scott Olson / Getty Images

. Demonstrators react as police fire tear gas at them. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

. Protesters suffering the effects of tear gas in Ferguson on Sunday night.

Previous Gallery: Clashes Break Out as Ferguson Protesters Defy Curfew Lucas Jackson / Reuters