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Private autopsy shows Brown was shot six times

Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

The findings came yesterday after a preliminary private autopsy, the second performed on Brown, by Michael M Baden, former chief medical officer for the state of New York, at the request of the Brown family. The first autopsy was performed by the St Louis County Medical Examiner's 
office.

"There were at least six entry wounds, there might have been seven, but we'll have to correlate that with what was found in the first autopsy," Baden, who retired from the New York state police in 2011, told the Wall Street Journal.

He cautioned against drawing conclusions from the autopsy. "Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting," he told the New York Times, but added: "In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, 'You're not supposed to shoot so many times.'"

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Meanwhile, Missouri's governor ordered the National Guard to the St Louis 
suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Gov Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

"These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes," Nixon said in a statement.

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