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Attorney disputes claim that victim was not shot in the back by Pasco Police

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Antonio Zambrano-Montes moments before he was shot by three Pasco Police Officers Antonio Zambrano-Montes moments before he was shot by three Pasco Police Officers
PASCO, Wash. - At a press conference on Wednesday, the spokesman for the Special Investigations Unit looking into the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by Pasco Police on February 10th, Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin stated 17 shots were fired by three policemen, and Zambrano-Montes was hit 5 or 6 times. Sgt. Lattin also stated none of those shots were on the back of any part of his body. 

On Thursday, the attorney representing the widow disputed Sgt. Lattin's statement, saying an independent autopsy report shows Zambrano-Montes was shot seven times, and two of those rounds were from behind. 

“Our report differs sharply with statements made by local law enforcement authorities as to how many times Antonio Zambrano-Montes was struck by bullets and whether any were on his backside," Attorney Charles Herrmann stated in a press release. 

According to Herrmann, the secondary autopsy was performed by Dr. Carl Wigren, and his report reflected "the body bore as many as 8 entrance wounds, 2 of which were definitely on his backside According to Dr. Wigren's report, one round apparently pierced his upper right arm to reenter his chest. Another bullet presumably pierced his scrotum, although the damage there was such that the doctor could not positively identify the wound as a point of entry, it was a fair assumption. Thus, the report reflects a total of as many as 7 rounds striking Zambrano.”

Herrmann also said "three probes were found and removed from the body that reflected at least two Tasers had been applied, landing in areas where they would have had little effect."

At the press conference on Wednesday, Sgt. Lattin also stated that the three officers involved in the shooting had not yet been interviewed because evidence was still being collected. Herrmann went on to criticize this move, saying the officers should have been interviewed first, "while their memories were fresh, and without giving them time to shape their testimony."



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