An autopsy released by the St. Louis County medical center shows that Michael Brown was shot in the hand at a close range and that he had been using marijuana, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Dr. Michael Graham, a St. Louis medical examiner, said that the official report supports Darren Wilson's claim that Brown was reaching in the vehicle window and attempted to grab Wilson's weapon, when the first shot was fired. The report also conflicts mostly with a private autopsy performed by Dr. Michael M. Baden, the morning after Brown was killed.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also interviewed a forensic pathologist, Dr. Judy Melinek, who says the report conflicts with accounts of the shooting some witnesses gave.
Brown did not have his hands up and was not running away from Wilson when he was struck by additional bullets, said Melinek. Instead she said that Brown was facing the officer when he was struck six times — once in the forehead, twice in the chest and in the right arm. She says he was probably "falling forward" when he was shot in the head.
The last shot entered the back of Brown's arm and moved through to his inner arm, showing that Brown's palms were not facing Wilson, according to the Dispatch.
The official autopsy report does not align with the private analysis made by Baden by request of Brown's family. Baden said there was no gun residue on the body, making it appear that gun shots were not at a close range. Both reports do agree with the number of times Brown was shot and where he was shot.
A third autopsy ordered by the Justice Department is still being conducted by a federal medical examiner.
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