Autopsy: St. Louis Officer Shot Myers From Behind
[su_right_ad]An 18-year-old killed in early October by a St. Louis police officer was shot from several times from behind, an autopsy reveals.
Pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who conducted the autopsy at the request of Vonderrit Myers Jr.’s family, outlined his findings at a news conference. Attorneys for the family say the findings suggest that Myers was running away from the officer during the fatal Oct. 8 confrontation…
Wecht said Myers was struck eight times and six of the wounds were to the back side of his body. The fatal wound was to the side of the head. Police have said Myers shot first at the officer. Wecht said the autopsy found gunpowder residue on Myers.
Earlier this month, police released details of lab tests by the Missouri State Highway Patrol that showed gunshot residue on Myers’ hand, waistband and shirt. Police union leaders said the finding dispelled claims by Myers’ family that he didn’t shoot at the officer.
The family has claimed Myers was unarmed, and that the officer mistook a sandwich he was holding for a gun.[su_csky_ad]