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Officer Darren Wilson after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson

Friends of Darren Wilson says the Ferguson officer is “struggling” and “in fear for his life.”

Radar Online reported:

The St. Louis police officer that shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in a controversial incident has been texting a long-time pal revealing that he “can’t go out” because he’s being targeted during this “stressful time.”

Officer Darren Wilson, 28, told his friend Jake Shepard, that he’s under 24-hour protection with guards after shooting the teenager dead and Shephard spoke with the Mail Online in an effort to give the public a more accurate picture of the friend, who he described as always having “pure intentions.”

On Aug. 15, after Shepard participated in an interview with CNN, Wilson text him to say thank you.

“Thanks buddy I wasn’t expecting that,” Wilson wrote. “It means a lot thank you.”

A few days later he again text with Shepard writing, “The support is really keeping me going during this stressful time. Just stay safe. I appreciate all you have done.”

And that same day, wrote, “I can’t go out.”

Brown’s killing ignited more than a week of protests and riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with a call for justice for the unarmed black teen who was killed.

The Washington Post has more on Darren Wilson:

Personal history: He’s 28. He’s divorced. And he was born in Fort Worth, Tex., to Tonya and John Wilson. His mother was a convicted forger and alleged con artist, according to the Associated Press. She died 12 years ago. And he has a younger half-brother.

He graduated in 2004 from St. Charles West High School in Saint Charles, Mo. He played varsity hockey and was on the yearbook staff. According to the Post-Dispatch, “The first page [of the yearbook] shows him with a mop of hair, more like a surfer or rock star than the crew-cut police officer depicted in a recent photo.”

 

 

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