Chief: Officer in fatal shooting sustained facial injuries

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Posted on August 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 3:04 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri was injured in the alleged altercation, according to Ferguson Chief of Police Tom Jackson.

Jackson, who spoke on the phone with News 4's Laura Hettiger Wednesday morning, said the officer "was hit" and the "side of his face was swollen."  The chief did not say if the officer suffered any broken bones.

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In an interview after the shooting, police said 18-year-old Michael Brown was walking with a friend in the middle of Canfield when an officer attempted to exit his vehicle. Police said Brown pushed the officer back into the police car. According to police, Brown then entered the officer’s vehicle and a struggle ensued over the officer’s weapon.  Police said during the physical altercation a shot was fired inside of the car.

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Witnesses to the shooting, however, told a different story. A friend of Brown's told News 4 Saturday they were walking on the street when the officer approached them.  He said they had their arms up when police opened fire.

The officer, who was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting, has not been identified by authorities.  Police said Tuesday an officer who was falsely identified on social media received threats.

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