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Here’s what has been reported so far about Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson on Friday releases the name of the officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. Jackson announced that the officer’s name is Darren Wilson. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pieces of police officer Darren Wilson’s life and character are slowly starting to emerge as news organizations strive to paint a complete picture of the man who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Here’s what has been reported about Wilson so far:

  • Wilson is 28 years old, and his mother died when he was 16. (The Washington Post)
  • He was an honor roll student at St. Charles High School near Ferguson in ninth and 10th grade. (The Washington Post)
  • He lives in Crestwood, Mo., “a mostly white city of 11,000 people about 18 miles southwest of mostly black Ferguson.” (The Washington Post)
  • He is divorced and lives with a fellow police officer, Barbara Spradling. (New York Times)
  • Wilson was recognized for “extraordinary effort in the line of duty” in February. “Greg Kloeppel, a lawyer for the union representing Ferguson police officers, confirmed the commendation that Officer Wilson received, but he declined to provide information about what kind of person the officer is or any details about his life.” (New York Times)
  • Wilson has been a police officer for six years and has no prior disciplinary record.
  • Neighbors say Wilson left town several days ago. (Washington Post)
  • Wilson’s friend Jake Shepard told CNN that Wilson has “huge heart” and that if he killed Brown then “at that moment in time, he was scared for his life.” (CNN)
  • Wilson’s father, John Wilson, may have written a Facebook status four days ago that said: “Dear FB friends, Our family is in need for prayers to be sent up for a family member. Circumstances do not allow for us to say anything further. Please pray with our family in mind. Put a covering of protection over our family member please.” The Facebook account has since been taken down. (Yahoo News)


Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.
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