St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted Monday that police sources in Ferguson, Missouri, told her more than a dozen witnesses corroborated officer Darren Wilson’s version of the Aug. 9 shooting that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
That story is reportedly the same story a woman identified only as “Josie” told on a local call-in radio show Friday.
Wilson is the officer named by the Ferguson police department as the one who shot and killed Brown, sparking over a week’s worth of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb.
Supporters of Brown’s family have claimed that the young man was unarmed and should not have been shot. With multiple investigations into the shooting pending, authorities have maintained that there might be another side to the story.
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Josie told radio host Dana Loesch Friday that Brown “bum-rushed” Wilson just moments after pushing the officer into his patrol car, punching him in the face and trying to grab his gun.
“Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him … And then all the sudden he just started bum-rushing him,” Josie said, according to The Blaze. “He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something. The final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two or three feet in front of the officer.”
The identity of the caller has not been verified and it is unclear how she knew Wilson’s version of the events. But CNN reported after the call was placed that a source with detailed knowledge of the investigation described the caller’s account as “accurate," in that it matched what Wilson has told investigators.
Other witnesses, however, have said that although they saw a scuffle between a young man and an officer, Brown actually had his hands raised and was not attacking the officer when he was killed.
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Piaget Crenshaw was sitting in her home with a view of the confrontation when the shooting occurred. She said Brown was running away from the police but then turned around. It was when he turned around that he was shot, according to Crenshaw.
The St. Louis County medical examiner's office has performed an autopsy on the victim’s body. Brown’s family has also had an independent autopsy performed at their request, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a third autopsy done by U.S. military personnel Monday.
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, Ed McGee, said Monday a grand jury will hear testimony from witnesses and decide whether to return an indictment.
But he gave no indication when that might occur, saying there is “no time line on this case.”