An official autopsy report for Michael Brown has been released and it indicates that the 18-year-old Ferguson teen was shot at least one time at close range by police officer Darren Wilson.
Brown was reportedly shot six times – once in his right thumb, twice in the chest, once in his upper right arm, once in his forehead, and once in his forearm, reports Fox News.
The gunshot that hit Brown’s right thumb was reportedly fired at close range, which experts were able to determine based on the fact that it lacked powder burns around the wound. This new information rules out what New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden originally suspected after performing a private autopsy: that none of the shots were within close range because they lacked stipple.
“Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke,” said St. Louis city medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham. The examiner said this evidence “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car,” reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Last week, Wilson reportedly told investigators that Brown reached for his gun while the two were fighting and that the teen pushed the officer back into his car and scratched and punched him several times. The fact that Brown’s tissue was found on the driver’s side exterior of Wilson’s patrol car supports the officer’s claim, according to Graham.
A toxicology report that accompanied the autopsy revealed that Brown had marijuana in his system at the time of the incident.
These documents provide the most detailed description police and the public have to date about the Aug. 9 incident, which has sparked numerous protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
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