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Autopsy reveals new details about Michael Brown’s gunshot wounds

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(CNN) — Michael Brown’s gunshot wounds included a shot in the hand at close range, his official autopsy shows, according to an analysis reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The detail could lend credence to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s account that he and the unarmed black teenager scuffled at his patrol car before Brown was shot and killed.

Wilson told investigators that in a struggle for his pistol inside a police SUV, Brown pressed the barrel of Wilson’s gun against the officer’s hip, the Post-Dispatch reported, citing a source with knowledge of his statements.

The officer tried to prevent Brown from reaching the trigger, the source told the newspaper, and when he thought he had control he fired. But Brown’s hand was blocking the mechanism, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Wilson said he fired two shots, and Brown was hit in the hand and ran. He told investigators that he fired again when Brown turned back and charged at him, according to the paper.

Earlier, a private autopsy conducted for the Brown family showed the teen had been shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

The official autopsy, as published by the Post-Dispatch, said Brown sustained six gunshot entrance wounds.

Friend gives different story

Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Brown on the street when the shooting occurred, told CNN that the officer pulled up and told them to get on a sidewalk. They told him they were almost home and would be off the street shortly.

Still in his car, the officer grabbed Brown by his neck, but he tried to pull away as the officer pulled him toward him, Johnson said.

The officer drew his weapon and fired, hitting Brown, Johnson said. A bloodied Brown took off running, but the officer followed him and fired, according to Johnson.

Brown turned around with his hands up and told the officer he was unarmed, but the officer fired and the teen hit the ground, Johnson said.

More details revealed

Brown’s blood was found on the officer’s uniform and inside his police car, law enforcement sources told CNN earlier this week. Those sources corroborated details first reported by The New York Times.

At least one of the wounds Brown suffered is consistent with a struggle and appeared to be fired at close range, according to a different source with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.

“That tends to support any testimony that there was some kind of scuffle in the police car,” CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos said. “And if so, that tends to support Officer Wilson’s testimony and his justification for using deadly force.”

But Cevallos said the details about Brown’s blood on the officer’s gun and on his uniform might only go so far in helping the officer’s case.

“Ultimately, that officer will have to come up with justification not for firing his gun the first time, but for each and every bullet that came out of his firearm — whether at the car or away from the car,” he said.

Brown’s death is the subject of two inquiries: one by a St. Louis County grand jury considering whether Wilson should be charged, and the other by federal investigators looking into whether any civil rights violations occurred.


  • Chris Multerer

    Ah yes..another brilliant comment from souldaddy.
    Hey Einstein..if Brown and Johnson would have listened to Wilson in the first place, Brown would be alive. But they were punks who ignored a police officer’s order. Real simple. Do you understand that ?

  • wtf

    You are such a white hater…racist. ..bitter. ..angry human….maybe you should find s cause worthy of your expertise..mentor youth. .teach them…to strive to learn. Get an education..be good citizens…respect elders..themselves..to steer away from criminal activity…to be productive..members of their community. ..you have such passion. .put some of it too good use…hatred and bitterness…will get u nowhere..I hope u dont have kids..and if you do that the poison you hold in your soul doesn’t spill over into their innocent lives

  • Karl

    Will there be protests again because of this ? Riots ? Get over it, the Cop was in the right… The tough black kid roughed up a little man earlier and finally met his match when he attacked the Cop. Stop blaming White Society for things you bring on yourself…

    • wtf

      Forensics Will prevail…there is a video from after that of the two minority..white men with their hands up they only saw a piece of what happened..and if indeed MB went for the officers gun..deadly force is warranted…if he charged ar the officer…big mistake..MB was a thug. .he roughed up a store clerk. .stole. .defiantly walks in the street when there are sidewalks.when asked to get out of the street…doesnt and is disrespectful. Defiant..the.ending..tragic..for MB..the officer..and Fergusen…people need to accept the decision..when made…and get back to work..life and change their attitude…I understand crime..gang activity..etc is like a rabid..dog..needs to be exterminated..eliminated…the community needs to save themselves from themselves…they need to be as outraged..about this as they are about black on..black crime..and piput their civil disobedience..to more productive..more urgent matters

  • bigdaddy423

    I guess I don’t have a simple response other than: put a police uniform on, work in Ferguson, MO, and see how people treat you in this specific neighborhood. Then, you can comment on how people act in that geographic area react towards you- no matter what your intentions are. Depending on the color of your skin, you have a pretty good idea of what the reaction will be. That being said, how would YOU fix that? If this was a Black, Asian, Hispanic, whatever police officer, would we even be discussing this in Milwaukee, WI? I look forward to your responses.

  • John

    You shoot a kid once he runs away. Is it necessary to keep shooting? The officer has the upper hand now that the teen is wounded. Wait until he slows down or call for back up. None of this kids actions are punishable by death. I think that’s the point everyone is missing

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