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Leaked autopsy on Michael Brown shooting refutes earlier report

An autopsy report leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests Michael Brown — the Ferguson, Missouri, teen who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson — was shot in the hand at close range and might have been reaching for Wilson’s weapon.

The official autopsy showed material “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm” in a wound on Brown’s thumb on Aug. 9.

The account would contradict an earlier assessment of an autopsy commissioned by the Brown family, which said there was no physical altercation between Brown and the officer.

Wilson reportedly has told investigators that he struggled over his gun with Brown and feared for his life.

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