On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose shooting death has sparked over a week of violence and riots, was shot from the front several times and had marijuana in his system at the time he was shot.
St. Louis County medical examiner Mary Case declined to comment further on the findings, citing the ongoing investigation. Another person familiar with the investigation said Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds.
The report was released to the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office on Friday but not made public. According to the Post, it is one of three autopsies being performed.
On Sunday, the New York Times said a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found Brown had been shot at least six times, twice in the head. One of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, the Times said, indicating that his head was bent down when the bullet struck him.
According to reports, Brown was shot when he allegedly rushed Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting. At least two people have said Brown turned and rushed Wilson. One witness made the allegation while speaking to Dana Loesch, and the other was heard describing the incident in the background of another video recently released.
Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said he didn't know anything about marijuana being found in Brown's body. The family gave permission for a third autopsy, the Post said. USA Today reported that Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal autopsy at the family's request. Case said Monday she was not aware of a third autopsy, but wasn't upset over the news.
“I’m not upset at all,” she told reporters. “This is highly controversial case and it’s good that everyone interested in it can have a say.”