Ferguson’s Wilson Says Brown Reached For His Gun, Punched Him


Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago, told investigators he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Brown, reports the New York Times. Wilson said that during the scuffle, Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, say FBI forensic tests.

Wilson said Brown punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck. This account of Wilson’s testimony to investigators does not explain why, after he emerged from his vehicle, he fired at Brown multiple times. It contradicts some witness accounts, and it will not calm those who have been demanding to know why an unarmed man was shot six times. Brown’s death continues to fuel anger and protests.

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