Police: Teen Was ‘Primary Suspect’ In Robbery At Time Of Shooting

This post has been updated.

Michael Brown, the African-American teen who was shot by Ferguson, Mo., police Saturday, was the primary suspect for an alleged robbery that occurred at the time of the shooting, according to reporters on the ground piecing through a police report released Friday.

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson said officer Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran, was the officer who shot Brown. He gave a timeline of the shooting, which included a response to a 911 call from a convenience store shortly before the shooting around 12 p.m. Saturday.

The police also released an incident report about the robbery, which said that Brown was the “primary suspect,” according to reporters at the scene who had access to the physical copies. Brown had stolen cigars from the convenience store, the report stated, and had pushed an employee who asked him to pay for them.

Jackson said a description of the suspect had been circulated prior to the shooting.

TPM has reached out to Ferguson police for a copy of the robbery report. The police did not release a report on shooting itself.

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