FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson Saturday was identified Friday.
Darren Wilson is a six year veteran of the Ferguson Police Department. Police said he had no history of discipline. Wilson was treated for injuries after the incident.
The release of the officer's name comes after false names were released on social media and by the hacker group Anonymous. Police previously said they would not release the officer's name due to safety concerns. On Friday, however, Chief Jackson told News 4 he felt "it was time."
According to the police reports, Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were suspected of taking a box of cigars from a store in Ferguson that morning. Jackson said Wilson, along with other officers, was called to the area after a 911 call reporting a "strong-arm" robbery just before noon. He said a dispatcher gave a description of the robbery suspect, and Wilson, who had been assisting on another call, was sent to investigate. That strong arm robbery was caught on video.
Wilson encountered Brown just after 12:01 p.m., with a second officer arriving three minutes later, Jackson said.
The incident happened in a roadway Saturday afternoon near the Canfield Green Apartments in the 2900 block of Canfield Drive in Ferguson. Police said officer Wilson and Brown, as well as one of Brown's friends, became engaged in a struggle in the officer's patrol car. Police said one of the men pushed officer Wilson and then physically assaulted him in the car. They then reportedly struggled over the gun, according to police. Wilson then fatally shot Brown.
“One of those individuals at the time allegedly pushed the officer back into this car,” St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar said. “[He] physically assaulted the police officer.” Belmar says the officer fired once from in his car, exited the vehicle and fired multiple times.
Witnesses, however, tell a different story. According to Dorian Johnson, the friend of Michael Brown, the officer told them to not walk on the street, reached out, and grabbed Brown. “[The officer] shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”
Police have not said how many times Brown was shot.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon released the following statement: “I’m pleased that the people of Ferguson and the region began to get some long-overdue information today, and I will continue to call for openness and transparency as the parallel investigations into this tragedy proceed to their necessary conclusions. For the sake of the family, the citizens of Ferguson, and the entire region, it is vital that the investigations into the shooting death of Michael Brown move forward in a thorough, open and transparent manner to ensure that trust is restored and justice is done.”