They were ordered to get on the sidewalk. Words were exchanged before the cop got out of his cruiser and fired a shot. Both teens ran, according to witnesses. Johnson hid behind a car while Brown ran down the street.
A second shot was fired that hit Brown, prompting him to stop running. He reportedly turned around with his hands raised to show he was unarmed. The officer then fired 2 more shots, killing the teenager.
"He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air," said Dorian Johnson. "He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots."
St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that the teen was shot 9 more times. That account hasn't been confirmed.
Haywood also released a statement saying: “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting. We strongly encourage residents to stay away from the crime scene so that no additional citizens are injured. I have spoken directly with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and I am confident that both he and his department will ensure that the investigation is conducted properly and that all details are kept transparent.”
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Brown struggled for control of the officer's gun prior to the shooting, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
As many as 200 residents took the streets after the shooting to protest. Some coming face to face with police officers.
Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, is sure her son's death was unjust.
"I know they killed my son," McSpadden said.. "This was wrong and it was cold-hearted. [He] doesn’t kill, steal or rob. He doesn’t do any of that."
Mayor James Knowles III urged citizens to remain calm and "have faith in the process."
“It’s a tragedy whenever a young person loses his life,” the mayor said.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says St. Louis County Police have taken over the investigation.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed plans to petition the U.S. Justice Department for a formal investigation on Monday.