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Experts: Michael Brown Autopsy Report Supports Police Account Of Shooting

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An additional exam concluded that the wound to Brown's hand had “foreign particulate matter ... consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.”

The finding “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound," Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said. "If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

In total, Melinek told the paper, the autopsy cast doubt on eyewitness accounts that Brown was running away from Wilson and had his hands in the air when Wilson shot him.

Michael Graham, medical examiner for the city of St. Louis, told the newspaper that the autopsy "does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

“Someone got an injury that tore off skin and left it on the car,” Graham said. “That fits with everything else that came out. There’s blood in the car, now skin on the car, that shows something happened right there.”

The Times reported last week on Wilson's testimony to the grand jury, citing "government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter." Wilson reportedly told the jurors that Brown had reached for his gun in an altercation in Wilson's car.

Forensic investigators also found Brown's blood on the gun, inside the car, and on Wilson's uniform, according to the Times.