Transcript for Officer Darren Wilson Says He Wouldn't Have Acted Differently in Michael Brown Situation
stopped he was going to get on the ground, but he didn't. When he stopped, he turned and faced me and the stutter step that you sometimes see when people start to run and they kind of do the hop and then go -- he does that and as he does that, his right hand immediately goes into his waistband and his left hand is a fist to the side and he starts charging me. What did you think when you saw that? I didn't know. My initial thought was, is there a weapon in there? Is there a knife, a brick? What is in there, why is your hand going there? We're taught to, let me see your hands. As you know, some of the eyewitnesses have said, when he turned around, he put his hands up. That would be incorrect. No way? No way. So, you say he starts to run. Does a stutter step, starts to come towards you. And -- I gave myself another mental check. Can I shoot this guy? Legally, can I? And the question I answered to myself was, I have to. If I don't, he will kill me if he gets to me. He's already overpowered me once. If he gets to me, I will not -- Even though he is 35, 40 feet away? Once he's coming that direction, if he hasn't stopped yet, when is he going to stop? He starts to come towards you. After he's coming at me and I decide to shoot, I fired a series of shots and paused. What did you see? I noticed at least one of them hit him. I don't know where. But I saw his body kind of flinch a little. And after that, I paused and I again yelled, you know, stop, get on the ground. Giving him the opportunity to stop. And he ignored all the commands and he just kept running. I shot another series of shots. And at least one of those hit him. I saw the flinch. And he stopped. I stopped -- correction, I stopped, I said, get on the ground, get on the ground. This time, he's 15 feet away. I start back pedaling. He's still not stopping, after -- You were back pedaling? Yes, away from him. Because I was -- he's running through the shots. They weren't phasing him. He was looking through me. And as he gets to that 15 feet, after I fired the second round of shots, he gets about eight to ten feet. As he does that, he starts to lean forward like he's going to tackle me and eight to ten feet is close. If he's going to tackle me, he's going to tackle me at that point. I looked down the barrel of my gun and I fired and what I saw was his head and that's where it went. Some witnesses have said that they actually saw you stand over him and shoot in the top of his head. That would be incorrect. And he's down now. Yes. You know he's dead? Yes. When -- I had actually seen the bullet go into his head. I saw that and I saw the face that he had go blank. Everything was just blank. And when he landed, he had fell face first and actually slid on his face and upper body. As he did that, his feet came up in the air from all the momentum he had from coming at me. When it came to rest, his feet collapsed. I knew immediately that he had passed. And when you look back, is there anything you could have done differently that would have prevented that killing from taking place? No. Nothing? No. If he would have gotten on the sidewalk and followed Dorian Johnson to the sidewalk, I probably would have never noticed. He would have continued his day. Some of the witnesses have said they thought you were out of control. That somehow you had snapped. Uh-huh. That would be incorrect. There was never -- the only emotion ooild ever felt was fear and it was survival and training. And you're absolutely convinced when you look through your heart and your mind that if Michael brown were white, this would have gone down in exactly the same way. Yes. No question? No question. The brown family came out with a statement last night, where they said, we are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions. What do you think when you hear that? I think those are grieving parents. They are mourning the loss of their son. Again, you know, I'm sorry their son lost his life. It wasn't the intention of that day. It's what occurred that day. And there's no -- nothing you can say that's going to make a parent feel better. It sounds like you don't think you're possible. I did my job that day. Do you feel any remorse? Everyone feels remorse when a life is lost. Like I told you before, I never wanted to take anybody's life. You know, that's not the good part of the job. That's the bad part of the job. So, yes, there is remorse. I guess the only final question I have is, what's the most important thing that people need to believe about Darren Wilson? I just did my job. I did what I was paid to do and that was my job. I followed my training. The training took over. It led me to what happened. I maintained the integrity of
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