Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo. police officer who was identified Friday as the cop that killed an unarmed black teenager last weekend, reportedly skipped town with his family days ago.
USA Today reported that no one answered the door Friday at Wilson’s Crestwood, Mo. home. A police officer keeping watch over the home told the newspaper that Wilson had left town with his family days ago.
A neighbor told USA Today that she’d had no idea that Wilson was the cop who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown until Friday morning, when Crestwood police informed residents that Wilson was involved in the incident and their neighborhood would draw attention.
It’s unclear exactly when Wilson left the area. The fatal shooting occurred Saturday.
Wilson was a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force who had no prior disciplinary action taken against him, Chief Thomas Jackson (pictured) said.
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