FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The chief in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police says the officer didn't know the teen was a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting.<br />
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says 18-year-old Michael Brown and his friend were stopped Saturday "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic."<br />
Jackson earlier Friday released documents alleging Brown had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed. (See earlier story. Link below.)<br />
During an afternoon news conference Jackson said the robbery "was not related to the initial contact" between the officer and Brown.
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