01:48 - Source: CNN
Officer Darren Wilson plans to resign

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Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on August 9

Sources: Wilson has told associates he would resign to protect his fellow officers

Wilson doesn't know what grand jury will do and could change his mind, sources say

Ferguson, Missouri CNN —  

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on August 9, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, according to people close to the talks.

Wilson has maintained he’s done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether he is indicted, the sources said.

While Wilson has told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers, he has expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was still hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.

Wilson could announce as soon as Friday his plans to resign, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment.

The talks could still collapse, the sources close to the talks said. Wilson doesn’t know what the grand jury will do and, if they opt to charge him, he could change his mind.