Autopsy reveals new details about Michael Brown’s gunshot wounds

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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.

3 comments

  • Maggie Lin

    Even if officer wilson shooting is found to be justified. Some of the fine citizens of ferguson will still loot and riot.

    When we elected President Obama, weren’t we promised “hope and change”? It seems like his years as president have only torn our nation apart.

    We now have race riots in our streets. I’ve never seen a country more divided. We all hate each other now.

    They say a good economy cures all. Many of our citizens have had their jobs taken away along with their health insurance. The middle class is shrinking and its not getting any better.

    Obama and Co have destroyed everything they’ve tried “to fix”. My health insurance is $450/month, my taxes are closing in on 50% (in NYC), and even my subway pass is now over $100/month (in NYC). Stuff that is still private enterprise is super cheap. Car insurance ($25/month from Insurance Panda), cell phone ($22/month from T Mobile), and gym ($15/month from Planet Fitness).

    As for the Michael Brown case, even if officer wilson shooting is found to be justified, Some of the fine citizens of Ferguson will still loot and riot. It’s the new normal here in the USA!

    • Samantha

      it’s amazing how people can just turn around and make something that has absolutely NOTHING to do with obama, about obama

      • Fed Up

        Agreed! I don’t recall Obama being involved in the Ferguson shooting? I assume you were thinking that because Obama is black that we would all be singing kumbaya? Ridiculous.
        The facts are a police officer shot a black 18 year who attacked him but rather wait for the facts lets loot and burn our city down to the ground because its is absolutely unheard of for a young black man to steal, assault the owner of the store then disobey an officer.

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