For the very first time, an alleged “friend” of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Ferguson man Michael Brown is revealing new details about the controversial incident that has sparked unrest in cities across the country, CNN reported on Monday.
Calling into The Dana Loesch Radio Show on Friday, “Josie” claimed that Brown “bum-rushed” officer Darren Wilson moments after pushing him into his squad car, punching him in the face and trying to grab the cop’s gun.
Though TheBlaze reported on the call over the weekend, CNN’s Don Lemon reported on Monday that a “source with detailed knowledge of the investigation into the Missouri shooting of Michael Brown” confirmed that the caller’s account “matches the account of officer Darren Wilson as to what happened at the time of the shooting.”
Josie said Wilson first noticed Brown and his friend when they were walking in the middle of the street. She said Wilson told them to get out of the street and the two men yelled back at him, including some obscenities.
“He pulled up ahead of them. And he was watching them, and then he gets the call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description,” Josie told Loesch on Friday. “And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever.”
Police later released surveillance video and revealed that Brown was a suspect in a “strong-arm robbery” at a nearby convenience store.
The alleged friend of Wilson continued: “So he goes in reverse back to them, tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again, you know, he tried to get out. He stands up. And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car, punches him in the face and then, of course, Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point, he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away, and the gun goes off.”
The caller went on to claim that Brown then ran from the officer, making it about 35 feet away before Wilson got up and ordered the suspect to “freeze.”
“Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something,” she concluded. “The final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two or three feet in front of the officer.”
The Washington Post, citing a source “familiar with the county’s investigation,” reported that Brown had marijuana in his system when he was fatally shot by Wilson. However, the county medical examiner has yet to release the full autopsy report to the public.
The caller told Loesch that she received Wilson’s version of the shooting directly from his “significant other.”
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to refer to Michael Brown as a “man” rather than “teenager” per the Associated Press style guide.