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Missouri teen and officer scuffled before fatal shooting, chief says

Ferguson’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, held a news conference Wednesday, saying that the officer who shot an 18-year-old did so after the man tried to take his gun.
Ferguson’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, held a news conference Wednesday, saying that the officer who shot an 18-year-old did so after the man tried to take his gun.MARIO ANZUONI /Reuters

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FERGUSON, Mo. — The police chief here on Wednesday offered some details of the shooting death of an 18-year-old African-American man by one of his officers.

The police chief, Thomas Jackson, said that minutes before the shooting on Saturday, the officer and the young man, Michael Brown, had engaged in a violent confrontation, in which the officer was hit in the face.

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