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A large memorial photo of slain teenager Michael Brown inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, the site of Brown's funeral on Monday, August 25, 2014.

ST. LOUIS – 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.

A county official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN the autopsy document that the Post-Dispatch used to do its report is authentic.

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

Wilson told investigators that during 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 suffered six gunshot entrance wounds.

Friend gives a different story

Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Brown on a 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 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 have been inflicted 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.

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8 comments

  • Kyle Stone

    “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.”

    That is the problem because it assumes if Brown was shot at close range it is automatically a justified shooting. All this physical evidence proves is Brown was shot but too many people are claiming it exonerates Wilson because they already decided Brown deserved to die. Now they are simply looking for an excuse to hide behind the racist motivation. It’s not like we have video of a very recent shooting in South Carolina where a cop shot at an African American without justification.

    This is a similar mindset with how our military deadly force is justified across the globe because when we drop bombs and kill people we are automatically told insurgents/terrorists were killed. Sadly, the only evidence provided is the dead bodies.

    In addition, Im not sure how this autopsy matches up with the earlier released report because it did not show a bullet wound in Brown’s hand so it is a bit weird months later a new bullet wound appears.

    • Homer

      “Racist motivation?” How about the fact sweet Mikey Brown beat Wilson so severely Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket and was barely concious? If you’re saying Brown beating Wilson was racially motivated, I’d agree with you.

      • kyle stone

        Wilson NEVER had a broken eyesocket and was never unconscious. Gatewaypundit (J. Hoffit) used photoshop to copy and paste a ct scan from an individual at the University of Iowa taken a few years ago.

        After that scam was exposed another soon followed with a picture of a male caucasian in a hospital bed with severe face injuries but that was a picture of a motorcycle rider who had an accident and died over 6 years ago.

        Before you spread false rumors and draw conclusions based on completely false information it may be worth it to learn the material.

  • the gentle giant that tries to kill a cop ,

    This thug pulls a strong arm robbery minutes before he tried to take a cops gun and he’s the victim ?

  • Bobo

    Why are we assuming Wilson is guilty of any kind of crime. It seems that the more the incident is analyzed the more Officer Wilson’s account of it is accurate. I think black people only want the outcome of this incident to come out their way. Sorry, if a 300lb thug, who just violently robbed a store charges at the cop after struggling with him then shooting is justified.

    What I really wonder, is will they be returning all of the looted big screen tv sets, liquor and car rims after Officer Wilson is exonerated? Or do they expect that after responding to this ‘injustice’ by rioting and looting they expect other people to rebuild their ruined town for them?

    I think all residents of the town of Ferguson on the day of the riots should be forced to remain there and work 12 hours a day, every day, on rebuilding the town. No exceptions.

    • kyle stone

      To date there is absolutely no evidence that exonerates Wilson from firing the fatal shots. In fact, this latest evidence only proves Wilson shot Brown in the cruiser and does nothing to prove Brown tried to take his gun. Unfortunately certain people are basing their conclusions largely on race by making comments such as saying African Americans are automatically taking Brown’s side.

      Even if it is true that Brown attacked WIlson in his cruiser it does NOTHING to justify deadly force when Brown stopped, turned around and faced Wilson with his hands/arm up/out. Aside from Johnson there are FIVE witnesses who all said Brown was NOT charging Wilson and that there was considerable distance between Wilson and Brown when Wilson continued firing at Brown when there was no immediate threat.

      There are certain groups of people who celebrate Brown getting killed and do not care if this cop was justified or not because they rationalize it by saying people like Brown do not deserve a life at all. To those people, even Jesus is out of reach.

  • Homer

    Wilson suffered injuries to both side of his face. I’ve seen just as many media sources claim it was a fractured eye socket and as those who claim this was not the case. So I will back track on that. Fyi, I knew those pictures that were circulating were not of Wilson and they were not what I was basing my statement on.

    However, I never said Wilson lost consciousness. I said the assault by Brown left him barely conscious. I have yet to see anyone disprove this.

    But seeing as how you’ve already condemned Wilson to being a racist and ignoring that Brown just beat and robbed a store clerk and the officer realized Brown matched the suspect description to a T, I’m sure this means nothing to you since it does not validate your view point… Much like how you accused me of doing. You can have the last word the last word since i don’t have time to engage in an Internet debate with a closed minded hypocrite such as yourself.

    • kyle stone

      First, when you claim Wilson was beaten to the point of almost being knocked out it is up to YOU to prove your CLAIM.

      Luckily, we have Wilson on video shortly after the shooting and he was clearly not injured in any noticeable fashion and even his uniform was nice and tidy. In fact, when another cop shows up after the shooting you cant tell which one just had a struggle because they both look the same as in no injuries, no visible blood, and walking and talking completely normally.

      You have no evidence Wilson suffered any in injuries and still make that claim in the face of video evidence that proves he was NOT injured.

      In addition, Wilson was fired from a police department for RACISM four years before he killed Brown.

      Keep making your silly claims. The chosen username is perfect.