*As we reported earlier, Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, has given his first interview to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Portions of the interview aired Tuesday evening less, than 24 hours after a grand jury declined to indict him for the death of Brown.
Despite what some witnesses claim, Wilson says there was “no way” Brown put his hands up before he shot multiple times and killed him. In Wilson’s mind, as she saw Brown come toward him that, he thought: “he will kill me if he gets to me.”
Wilson: “When he stopped, he turned and faced me, and as he does that his right hand immediately goes into his waistband, and his left hand is a fist at his side, and he starts charging me.”
Stephanopoulos: “What did you think when you saw that?”
Wilson: “I didn’t know, I mean, my initial thought was, is there a weapon in there?”
Stephanopoulos: “Even though he hadn’t pulled something out earlier when he was confronting you.”
Wilson: “Yeah, it was still just the unknown. And again, we’re taught to, let me see your hands.”
Stephanopoulos: “As you know, some of the eyewitnesses have said, when at that moment he turned around, he turned around and put his hands up.”
Wilson: “That would be incorrect. Incorrect.”
Stephanopoulos: “No way?”
Wilson: “No way.”
Stephanopoulos: “So, you say he starts to run, does a [unintelligible], starts to come toward you.”
Wilson: “Mmm hmm.”
Wilson: “At that time I gave myself another mental check: Can I shoot this guy? You know? Legally, can I? And the question that I answered myself was, I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me.”
George: “Even though he’s what, 35-40 feet away?”
Wilson: “Once he’s coming that direction, why, if he hasn’t stopped yet, when’s he gonna stop?”
In the interview, Wilson said the incident with Brown was the first time he’d ever used his gun. When Stephanopoulos asked if there was any way the incident could’ve been handled differently, Wilson’s answer was, “no.”
Wilson said he has a “clean conscience” about the way he handled the incident with Brown.
“I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened,” Wilson said.
“The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” Wilson added.
The interview will also be seen Tuesday night on “Nightline” and Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America.”