Body of Michael Brown released to family

FERGUSON, Mo. - A lawyer for the family of Michael Brown says the Ferguson teen's body has been turned over to the family, NewsChannel 5 has learned.

According to attorney Anthony Gray, the legal representative for Mike Brown's family, the family is hiring someone to perform a second autopsy.

Brown, 18, was shot and killed August 2 by a Ferguson police officer while walking to his grandmother's house with a friend. The day after Brown's death, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the teen was shot following a struggle for the officer's firearm.

The teen was shot approximately 35 feet from the police vehicle. While the exact number of shots fired has not been disclosed, Belmar confirmed multiple shell casings were recovered at the scene, all coming from the officer's weapon.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office, which conducted Brown's autopsy the day after he was killed, said the teen died as a result of gunshot wounds. Police are not releasing any additional details about the autopsy until toxicology tests can be completed.

Chief Belmar also confirmed Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.


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