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Justice Department monitoring Michael Brown shooting

Posted: Aug 10, 2014 4:12 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Aug 10, 2014 7:38 PM

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FERGUSON (AP) - A spokeswoman says the U.S. Justice Department is monitoring developments in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed St. Louis area teenager.

Police haven't disclosed the identity of the man killed by police Saturday in Ferguson, but family members said he's 18-year-old Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Sunday at a news conference that the shooting followed an altercation between an officer and two people. Belmar said one person allegedly pushed the officer into his patrol car and assaulted the officer. He said after a struggle, the officer got out of his vehicle and shot at "a subject."

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said Sunday that Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed attorneys in the department's civil rights division to monitor developments related to the shooting.

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