Michael Brown Was Shot Six Times, Independent Autopsy Finds

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An independent autopsy of 18-year-old Michael Brown found that he was shot six times, including twice in the head.

The examination performed Sunday by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was made at the requested of Brown's family.

The final bullet to hit the teen went through the top of his skull, suggesting that his head was bent down when he was shot, the Daily Mail reports.

“The witnesses were telling truth," said family attorney Benjamin Crump. "Michael Brown Jr. was shot multiple times and most troubling was the head shot."

Crump says the family ordered another autopsy because they don’t trust local police.

Four bullets hit Brown’s right arm, one hit his eye and the other went through the top of his head.

Baden, the former chief medical examiner for New York City, did not comment on the case. He did note that the number of bullet wounds were out of the ordinary.

“In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times,’” Baden told the New York Times. “Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting.”

The bullets didn’t appear to have come from very close range because no gun power residue was found on Brown’s body.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Sunday that the Justice Department would conduct its own autopsy on Brown.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News, New York Times

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Elvert Barnes, Dr. Michael M. Baden