Brown could have survived 5 of 6 bullet wounds

ST. LOUIS – Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, the pathologist who performed his second autopsy said Monday morning.

Professor Shawn Parcells, an instrumental participant in the autopsy evaluation, said Brown could have survived five of the wounds, but one, which hit the apex of his head, went through is brain and was not survivable.

According to Parcells, six bullets hit Brown, and two of them may have re-entered his body. Three bullets were removed during the first autopsy, conducted by Dr. Mary Case, medical examiner for St. Louis County.

Daryl Parks, co-counsel for the Brown family, said Brown's head wounds indicate they came from behind. The one that struck the top of his head would have caused him to immediately lose consciousness. The other went in near his hairline and exited near his right eye.

"It shows a back-to-front of both of those. And it supports what witnesses said about him trying to surrender to the officer. And his head was in a downward position. Had to be for what happened," said Parks.

Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden said Brown had abrasions on the right side of his face, which he likely suffered from falling to the ground. He says there were no signs of a struggle.

Benjamin Crump, attorney for Brown's family, said Baden does not believe Brown suffered when he died because he would have immediately lost consciousness when the bullet wound to the top of his head hit him.

The has convinced Michael Brown's family that the police officer who shot him should be arrested, Crump said.

"His mother asked the questions that ... lawyers could not answer -- what else do we need to get them to arrest the killer of my child?" lawyer Benjamin Crump said at a news conference.

Baden served as a medical examiner in New York City for 25 years. He was contacted by Brown's family because they wanted to make sure the autopsy results were consistent. A third autopsy will be conducted at the request of Attorney General Eric Holder.

Some people speculated the heightened unrest in Ferguson Sunday night was related to the release of Brown's preliminary autopsy results. Attorney Anthony Gray says the results were released two hours after protesters confronted police and officers unleashed tear gas on the crowd.

Information from USA TODAY was used in this report.


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