Lesley McSpadden, left, is comforted by her husband, Louis Head, after her 18-year-old son, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by police in the middle of
Lesley McSpadden, left, is comforted by her husband, Louis Head, after her 18-year-old son, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by police in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Mo., near St. Louis on Saturday. (Huy Mach, The Associated Press)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown came after an altercation with police.

Belmar said at a news conference Sunday morning that a Ferguson Police officer had an encounter with two people. He says one person allegedly pushed the officer back into patrol car and assaulted the officer.

He says there was a struggle over the officers' weapon and one shot was fired in the car. The officer then got out of his vehicle and shot at "a subject."

He says the man suffered more than a couple gunshots, but "not many more than that."

Belmar says the officer has been with the department for six years and he wasn't aware of other issues involving the officer.




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