US teen shot 6 times, including twice in head

New York - An unarmed black teenager killed by a white officer in Missouri was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private post-mortem has found.

The New York Times reported that the autopsy by Dr Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, found that one of the bullets entered the top of Michael Brown's skull, suggesting that his head was bent forward when he suffered a fatal injury.

Baden said it was likely the last of bullets to hit Brown, 18, whose death has spurred a week of rancorous protests in Ferguson, in suburban St Louis.

Hands in the air

Police have said little about the encounter between Brown and the 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.

Baden told the Times that Brown was also shot four times in the right arm and that all the bullets were fired into his front. The newspaper said the bullets did not appear to have come from very close range because there was no gunpowder on his body.

That determination could change if there were residue on Brown's clothing, which Baden did not examine, the newspaper said.

Some of the bullets entered and exited Brown several times, the newspaper said, including one that caused at least five wounds. It said one shattered his right eye, went through his face, left through his jaw and re-entered his collarbone. The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired, the Times said.

Baden told the newspaper Brown would not have survived even if he had been taken to a hospital immediately.

Earlier on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown, citing the "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding his death and a request by Brown's family.

- AP
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Andile 2014-08-18 08:21:35 AM
6 bullets doesn't sound like self defence,sounds like murder.
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-08-18 08:24:19 AM
poor kid,he died a violent death,reminds me of Reeva Steeenkamp..this world shame hai..
JD Koekemoer 2014-08-18 08:24:45 AM
Kinda stupid to wrestle an armed cop.
Bnet Jonas 2014-08-18 08:26:23 AM
Brutal police state
Shawon Tiltman 2014-08-18 08:30:21 AM
Condolences to his family. .but their is always two side to the story.if that cop is found to be guilty then off to jail ..but sometimes people who are on drugs are so hipped up shooting once or twice most times won't put them down..let's wait and see just cause he's black doesn't give anyone the right to damage and loot stores in the area..
Rob 2014-08-18 08:30:31 AM
The police in the US don't mess around. Remember Andre Stander?
CraigJoseph 2014-08-18 08:35:48 AM
Six shots seem very excessive.
Daniel 2014-08-18 08:40:46 AM
Easy. Let's try not pull the race-card... Again.
Philangenkosi Mkhwanazi 2014-08-18 08:42:13 AM
Racists America.
Andrew MacDonald 2014-08-18 08:51:15 AM
Even if the kid attacked the cop surely he could have been shot in the leg? 6 shots and two to the head is ridiculous imo. That said the racialisation of the incident is bs.