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Police reveal officer's name in teen's death

4 years 11 months 6 days ago Friday, August 15 2014 Aug 15, 2014 August 15, 2014 9:44 AM August 15, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: David Lieb

FERGUSON, MO - Police in Ferguson have revealed the name of the six-year veteran accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday the officer's name is Darren Wilson.

Jackson said earlier this week he wasn't naming the officer due to death threats.

The chief also released police reports that said 18-year-old Michael Brown and a friend of his were suspects in a convenience store robbery the day of the shooting. Jackson said Brown and the friend, Dorian Johnson, took a box of cigars from a store in Ferguson the morning of Aug. 9.

Jackson said Wilson shot Brown during a confrontation after reports of the robbery circulated on police radio. No use of force reports or any other information detailing the circumstances of the shooting were released Friday.

Police previously said Brown was shot Saturday after an officer encountered him and another man on the street. They say one of the men pushed the officer into his car, then physically assaulted him and struggled with the officer over the officer's weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car. The struggle then spilled onto the street, where Brown was shot multiple times.

Witnesses say the officer fired on Brown as he ran away.

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