Official autopsy backs claim that Brown struggled with officer in patrol car

The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.

A source with knowledge of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s statements said the officer told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner reviewed the autopsy report for the Post-Dispatch and said it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.” Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the formation of a commission aimed at healing the divide caused by the fatal shooting.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio

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