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Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson
Courtesy of St. Louis County Prosecutors Office

Date of Birth: May 14, 1986
Height: 6'4"
Hometown: Ferguson, Missouri, United States
In a Relationship With:
Barbara Spradling
Best Quotes:

I was hit right here in the side of the face with a fist. I don't think it was a full-on swing, I think it was a full-on swing, but not a full shot. I think my arm deflected some of it, but there was still a significant amount of contact that was made to my face.

[Brown was] coming straight at me like he was going to run right through me. And when he gets about that 8 to 10 feet away, I look down, I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head and that's what I shot. I don't know how many, I know at least once because I saw the last one go into him. And then when it went into him, the demeanor on his face went blank, the aggression was gone, it was gone, I mean, I knew he stopped, the threat was stopped.

I've never used my weapon before.

We're trained not to run away from a threat, to deal with a threat and that is what I was doing. That never entered my mind to flee.

Darren Wilson (born Darren Dean Wilson in Forth Worth, Texas on May 14, 1986) grew up in a chaotic home. His mom died when he was 16, after her conviction and sentencing to 5 years of probation for financial crimes. As a young adult, he reportedly sought order, and thought he might find it in the police force. He first worked as a police officer in the police department of Jennings, Missouri. After that police department disbanded, Darren became a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. On Aug. 9, 2014, Darren, a white police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man. He says it was self defense, but the shooting has sparked debate about law enforcement’s relationship with African Americans and police use of force doctrine.

Best Known For:
Darren Wilson is best known for being a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who fatally shot Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9 2014.

Personal Life:
Darren Wilson was born in Forth Worth, Texas to Tonya Durso and John Wilson. He has two siblings, Jared Harris and Kara Sosko. Darren was married to Ashley Brown from 2011-2013 and he married Barbara Spradling in 2014.


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