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A company whose video chat service allegedly captured audio of Michael Brown’s shooting said Thursday the recording was created at about the time the Missouri teenager was killed this month.

The revelation from the company, Glide, appears to bolster a man’s claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time a police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9.

The video was created at 12:02:14 p.m. that day, Glide said. That’s around the time that police say Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed Brown.

CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the recording. But the sounds could be a piece in the larger puzzle of what happened during the shooting, which spurred days of protests in the city of 21,000.

Police have said Brown was trying to grab the officer’s gun. Witnesses say the teen was holding his hands in the air when he was fatally shot.

The FBI obtained the audio and interviewed the man who made the recording, said Lopa Blumenthal, a lawyer for that individual.

The man was using the Glide video-texting application on his cell phone to speak to a friend, and the recording captured sounds of gunshots, the company said.

The man, who asked that his identity not be revealed, lives near the site of the Brown shooting and happened to be using the application at the same time Brown was shot, Blumenthal said.

He was close enough to the scene of the shooting to have recorded the gunshots, the attorney said.

In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots.

As a grand jury and federal civil rights investigators carry out investigations into the controversial case, tensions have been running high in Ferguson, where there’s a history of distrust between the predominately black community and the largely white police force.

Brown was African-American. Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot him, is white.

 

By Jason Hanna