NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager identified the officer on Friday as six-year department veteran Darren Wilson.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson made the announcement after initially declining to the release the name, saying the officer had received numerous death threats.
The officer has been on administrative leave since the shooting Saturday of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has sparked several days of clashes with furious protesters.
“He’s been a police officer for six years, has had no disciplinary action taken against him,” said Jackson. “He was treated for injuries that occurred on Saturday.”
Police reports also released Friday by Jackson said Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were suspected of stealing a $49 box of cigars from a convenience store in Ferguson that morning.
Jackson said Wilson responded after a 911 call reported a “strong-arm” robbery just before noon.
He said a dispatcher gave a description of the suspect, and Wilson encountered the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown a few minutes before another officer arrived.
The officer who stopped Brown is said to not have known he was a suspect in the robbery, KMOX’s Allison Blood told WCBS 880 Friday.