Watch: Darren Wilson Explains Why He Shot Michael Brown (Video)

| by Charles Roberts

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson sat down with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos for his first national television interview since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. ABC plans to release the interview in portions over the next 24 to 48 hours.

In the first segment that was released tonight, Wilson recounted precisely what led up to him shooting Brown. He explained -- in great detail --  that the pair got into a physical confrontation, and that at one point, he felt as though his life was in jeopardy.

“As I look back at him, all of a sudden punches start flying,” he told Stephanopoulos. “He threw the first one and it hit me in the upside of my face.”

Wilson repeatedly referenced “Hulk Hogan” when describing how powerful Brown was.

 “He was very large, very powerful” Wilson said. 

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to withstand another hit like that,” he added.

Wilson maintains that he warned Brown repeatedly that he would fire if his instructions were not followed. At that point, he alleges that Brown said he was “too much of a p***y” to shoot and made a grab for the officer’s firearm.

“While he’s doing that,” Wilson said, “I can feel his hand trying to come over my hand and get inside the trigger guard and try to shoot me with my own gun.”

It was after this exchange that Wilson told Stephanopoulos he finally opened fire.

Wilson admitted during the interview that this was the first time he had ever used his service weapon in the line of duty.

You can check out the full segment in the video below. 

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