FERGUSON, United States (AFP) – Black teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, after an altercation at the side of the officer’s car and 12 gunshots, a prosecutor said Monday.
After announcing that a grand jury would not indict Wilson in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen, St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said the jurors had heard previously unreleased testimony.
After Wilson, in his car, identified Brown as a potential suspect in the theft of some cigarillos and asked him to move to the sidewalk, “words were exchanged and they continued walking down the middle of the street.
“As they passed, Wilson observed that Michael Brown had cigarillos in his hand… At 12.02 pm, Wilson radioed that he had two individuals on Canfield and needed assistance.
“Officer Wilson backed his vehicle at an angle blocking their path and blocking the flow of traffic in both directions. Several cars approached from both east and west but were unable to pass the police vehicle,” McCulloch told reporters.
“An altercation took place at the car with officer Wilson seated inside the vehicle and Mr Brown standing at the driver’s window. During the altercation, two shots were fired by officer Wilson while still inside the vehicle.
“Mr Brown ran east on Canfield and Officer Wilson gave chase… Mr Brown stopped and turned back towards Officer Wilson.
“Officer Wilson also stopped. Michael Brown moved toward Officer Wilson, and several more shots were fired by the officer and Michael Brown was fatally wounded.”