Details emerge about officer who shot, killed Michael Brown
FERGUSON, Mo. — More is being learned about the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.
Already the public has learned officer Darren Wilson is a six-year police veteran. Four of those years have been with the Ferguson Police Department. According to FOX 2 in St. Louis, Wilson also worked two years with the Jennings Police Department.
Neighbors who live near Wilson are reportedly on edge. They have posted signs asking the media to leave them alone. School districts in the area closed early on Friday due to bus routes that traveled near Wilson’s home. Other schools added extra security.
During a news conference on Friday, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson is devastated by the events of last Saturday.
“He never intended for any of this to happen,” Jackson said.
Jackson also said Wilson suffered facial injuries during a struggle with Brown.
In February, Wilson reportedly received a commendation for extraordinary effort in the line of duty. Jackson could not confirm or deny that report during Friday’s news conference.
A man who went to high school with Wilson spoke with CNN Friday night. Watch Ed Lavandera’s interview below.
Meanwhile, a St. Louis police officer with the same name as Wilson took to Facebook to clarify he is not the officer who shot and killed Brown. The St. Louis officer is an 18-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department. He has reportedly called the linking of names a horrific coincidence.