Michael Brown, Junior, was shot in the hand at close range and had been using marijuana, according to the official autopsy report, now obtained and reported on by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Dispatch had two experts review the report. They tell the paper the findings could support the report that Brown was reaching for the gun of officer Darren Wilson. They also say the placement of the other gunshots Brown suffered do not support the claim by witnesses that he had his arms up in surrender when he was shot.
The findings conflict in at least one respect with an autopsy released by the family of Brown and conducted privately. In that one, a forensic pathologist said none of Brown’s wounds appeared to have been from shots fired at close range.
Results from a third autopsy conducted as part of the federal investigation have not been released.