The Missouri police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, is a six-year veteran of the force.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson identified the officer as Darren Wilson at a news conference today.

Police reports say that Michael Brown and his friend were suspects in a convenience store robbery on the day of the shooting.

Reports released Friday by Ferguson Police say Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, allegedly took a box of cigars from a store the morning of Aug. 9.

Jackson says the officer who shot Brown encountered the men after reports of the robbery circulated on police radio. 

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.