Darren Wilson Officially Resigns From Ferguson Police Department

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, has officially resigned from the Ferguson police department, his attorney announced Saturday.

A St. Louis County grand jury decided on Monday to not indict 28-year-old Wilson in the shooting.

Wilson was placed on paid leave following the shooting. Speculation has grown over whether the six-year police veteran would return to police work, though it had been widely reported he was considering resigning from the force regardless of whether he was indicted or not.

Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, made the official announcement, according to The Associated Press.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Tuesday, Wilson said he was sorry Brown died but stated he would not have done anything differently.

Wilson told investigators and the grand jury that during a struggle inside his police cruiser, Brown attempted to grab his service weapon. Two shots were fired in the cruiser. Brown ran away from the vehicle, and Wilson gave pursuit. At some point, Brown turned around. Wilson said Brown was running or charging towards him and he shot multiple times out of fear for his safety.

“I did my job and followed my training,” Wilson told Stephanopoulos. “The training took over.”

Bruntrager announced earlier this week that Wilson would not return to police work, but he was unsure of the timeline.

“There’s no way in the world he can go back to being a police officer,” Bruntrager said. “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.”

Earlier this year Wilson won a service award for his work in a drug case.

Wilson began his police career in Jennings, a town near Ferguson. He recently married Ferguson police officer Barbara Spradling.

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