Wilson told the grand jury that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and told them to move to the sidewalk, drawing an expletive from Brown.
Wilson said he noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, ‘and that’s when it clicked for me’ that the men were suspects in the theft of a convenience store reported minutes earlier.
Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional officers, then backed his vehicle in front of Brown and his friend.
As he tried to open the door, Wilson said, Brown slammed it back shut. Wilson said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: ‘What do I do not to get beaten inside my car?’
Wilson said he drew his gun and threatened to shoot if Brown didn’t move back, fearing another punch to the face could ‘knock me out or worse’.
‘He immediately grabs my gun and says, ”You are too much of a p**** to shoot me,”’ Wilson said, saying he thought he would be shot when Brown dug the gun into the officer’s hip.