The officer who killed Brown says the teenager rushed at him full speed in the moments before the shooting, according to an account phoned in to a St. Louis radio station and confirmed by a source with detailed knowledge of the investigation.
According to the version on KFTK, phoned in by a woman who identified herself as “Josie,” the altercation on August 9 began after Officer Darren Wilson rolled down his window to tell Brown and a friend to stop walking in the street.
When Wilson tried to get out of his cruiser, Brown first tried to push the officer back into the car, then punched him in the face and grabbed for his gun before breaking free after the gun went off once, the caller said.
Wilson pursued Brown and his friend, ordering them to freeze, according to the account. When they turned around, Brown began taunting Wilson, saying he would not arrest them, then ran at the officer at full speed, the caller said.
Wilson then began shooting. The final shot was to Brown’s forehead, and the teenager fell two or three feet in front of Wilson, said the caller, who identified herself as the officer’s friend.
This is the first time the public has ever heard what the officer claims happened. There is a problem with that. Only after the private autopsy was released to the public, have we heard the officer’s complete version. This allows him the opportunity to modify his story, to match the autopsy. The version given above, is just about the only possible scenario that would make it a justifiable homicide and match the autopsy. For it to be true (2-3 feet away on last shot) it means the officer had to of chased Brown, as the body was more than 30 feet from the police car.
If the officer’s account, in detail, had been released by police, before the autopsy, then it prevents story tampering. The secrecy by the police in this case has made things worse, not better, in terms of civil unrest, and it makes a coverup easier. To this day we do not know what type and caliber of pistol was used, and how many shots were fired. Only by a private autopsy were we able to find out how many times Brown was shot.
These new alleged witness accounts, are in great conflict with the original two. Why have they been withheld, until a friend of Wilson called a Talk Radio show?
The woman said Wilson knew of the convenience store robbery and confronted Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson for walking in the middle of the street.
Josie said when he realized the description on the police radio matched that of Brown, he moved his car closer to the two teens to get out of the vehicle. It was then, Josie said, Brown allegedly shoved Wilson back into the car and punched him in the face. She said Brown reached for Wilson’s gun and turned it against his hip.
“So [Wilson] really thinks [Brown] was on something, because he just kept coming. It was unbelievable. And so he finally ended up, the final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two to three feet in front of the officer,” Josie said.
This contradicts one earlier police version that Wilson did not know that the robbery had taken place. The robbery gives Brown a motive to do what the officer claims he did. If he had committed no crime, there was no motive to shove the officer back into the car.
Reporter Christine Byers has reported that the police have 12 witnesses that confirm Wilson’s account.