(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The police officer being investigated for the shooting death of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown will not be identified due to concerns over his safety, Ferguson police said on Tuesday.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said there had been death threats made against the officer involved in the shooting, in which Brown, 18, was shot multiple times Saturday afternoon.
The chief had originally planned to release the name on Tuesday at a 1 p.m. press conference, but said he now hopes to release it once tensions in the town calm down.
Jackson’s decision comes despite a call on Monday from Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., to identify the officer who shot his son several times, killing him.
“This person’s got to pay for this,” Brown’s father said.
Jackson offered additional details Tuesday about the violent encounter that led to Brown’s death.
“What I can tell you is it started out as a routine encounter with two young men walking on the street. They were asked to get on the sidewalk,” Jackson said. “It quickly became a violent encounter and then became a fight, some kind of fight inside the car. Shots were fired. I don’t know how many.”
Jackson said that the officer has been placed on administrative leave and his gun will be kept by investigators as evidence, though he is not prevented from having another weapon.
The officer will have to undergo two psychological evaluations as part of his administrative leave.
“He feels terrible about whole thing. He did not come to work with intention of this happening. He came to work to serve the community. He’s sad and he is hurt. He’s doing okay. It’s a difficult thing,” the chief said.
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