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August 18th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Officer's version of Ferguson shooting revealed

(CNN) – The curfew has been called off, but the national guard has been called in after some of the worst violence yet between police and protesters inflamed over the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white officer.

The clearest account yet of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's version of events was phoned into a national radio show Monday. A woman identified only as "Josie" called Radio America's "The Dana Show" claiming to be a friend of Wilson's, and gave his side of the story.

A source with detailed knowledge of the case says Josie's version accurately matches what Wilson has told investigators.

CNN has methodically and deliberately vetted this woman's account, and offer it because it squares with officer Wilson's account, whose side of the story really has yet to be told.

In the last week, CNN has brought eyewitness accounts from three individuals from the community who say they saw what happened.

It is in the interest of everyone that we hear the officer's side as well.

Josie says Wilson initially saw Brown and his friend walking in the middle of the street, rolled his window down and told them to get over.

When they wouldn't, "he pulled up ahead of them, and he was watching them, and then he gets the call in that there was a strong arm robbery, and they give the description. And he's looking at them, they've got something in their hands, it looks like it could be what – the cigars or whatever, so he goes in reverse back to them," Josie told Radio America.

Police on Friday released video which they say shows Brown committing a strong arm robbery at a convenience store, stealing about $50 worth of cigars, minutes before the shooting.

When Wilson tried to get out of his car, Josie said she believes Brown slammed the door back on him, then a struggle ensued.

"As he stands up, Michael just bum rushes him, just shoves him back into his car, punches him in the face. And then of course Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabs the gun. At one point he's got the gun totally turned against his hip, and Darren shoves it away. And the gun goes off," she said.

But the results of an autopsy requested by Brown's family released Monday do not show any evidence on Brown's body that he and the officer tussled.

"There weren't any signs of a struggle. In talking about a struggle, one of the things that the attorneys have also asked for is the medical examination of the officer," medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden told reporters.

That is inconclusive – to really make a ruling on a struggle, the examiners would need to see Wilson's medical report as well.

After the initial shot, the woman claiming to be the officer's friend says Brown tried to flee.

"Michael takes off with his friend, they get to be about 35 feet away and Darren, of course protocol is to pursue. So he stands up and yells 'Freeze!' Michael and his friend turn around, and Michael starts taunting him, 'Oh what are you going to do about it?' You know, 'You're not going to shoot me.' And then he said all the sudden he just started to bum rush him, he just started coming at him full speed, and so he just started shooting, and he just kept coming," Josie said.

Brown's friend and a number of witnesses claim he was not charging at the officer at that point, but rather had his hands in the air.

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