According to police reports, he followed Martin, and an “altercation” ensued.
The only thing that both sides agree on is that an altercation ensued, and Brown was shot multiple times.
He got into an altercation that ended with a white man savagely beating him.
late 14c., from Old French altercacion (12c.) and directly from Latin altercationem (nominative altercatio) "a dispute, debate, discussion," noun of action from past participle stem of altercari "to dispute (with another)," from alter "other" (see alter).