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US teen shot by cop was robbery suspect: police

Published on Aug 16, 2014 12:27 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US police said Friday that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose shooting death by police unleashed riots in a Missouri town, was a suspect in a convenience store robbery.

In a shock turn of events, documents released by Ferguson police linked the 18-year-old student to the theft of a box of cigars shortly before his death in broad daylight on a residential sidewalk.

The force also made public surveillance photos showing a tall, muscular black man - in a T-shirt and khaki shorts like the ones Brown were wearing - shoving a store clerk.

Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran with no disciplinary record who had been responding to a 911 call about the robbery.

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