Ferguson: An unarmed black teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don`t know," a pathologist hired by the teen`s family said on Monday.
An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined that the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the pathologists and the family`s attorneys.
Brown was shot by a police officer August 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests in the St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas.
Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson to restore order.
Brown`s death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department.
Civil rights activists have compared the shooting to other racially charged cases, especially the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot by Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was later acquitted of murder.
Both cases have fueled nationwide debates on the treatment of young black men in America.
Police have said little about the encounter between Brown and the white officer, except to say that it involved a scuffle in which the officer was injured and Brown was shot.
Witnesses say the teenager had his hands in the air as the officer fired multiple rounds.
Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr Michael Baden during the autopsy, said a graze wound on Brown`s right arm could have occurred in several ways.
The teen may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position in front of his face. "But we don`t know," Parcells said.
Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown`s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered the fatal injury.
The pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds. Baden said there was no gun-power residue on Brown`s body, indicating he was not shot at close range.
However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown`s clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.