Findings from an independent autopsy appear to differ from the official reports as to how many times and where Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot by Pasco police.
SPOKANE — An independent autopsy of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Pasco shows he was shot as many as seven times — including twice from behind — contradicting earlier statements from authorities, an attorney for the man’s family said Thursday.
The second autopsy was commissioned by Seattle lawyer Charles Herrmann, who is representing Antonio Zambrano-Montes’ estranged wife and two daughters.
Its findings came a day after a spokesman for a special unit investigating the Feb. 10 shooting said five or six bullets struck Zambrano-Montes, but none from behind.
“Our report differs sharply with statements made by local law-enforcement authorities,” Herrmann said in a statement.
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Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican immigrant, was shot after throwing rocks at officers. His death has prompted calls for a federal investigation, along with demonstrations in Pasco.
A Seattle pathologist, Dr. Carl Wigren, performed the independent autopsy Feb. 20. Herrmann released a portion of the report Thursday.
“The report reflects a total of as many as seven rounds striking Zambrano,” the attorney said. It also found entry wounds on the back of the victim’s right arm and one buttock, he said.
The independent autopsy determined the Pasco orchard worker also was shot in the face, stomach, chest, arm and scrotum, according to a diagram provided by Herrmann.
At a news conference Wednesday, Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin was clear that preliminary results of the official autopsy showed Zambrano-Montes was not hit anywhere on the back of his body. That would indicate the man was not shot while running from the officers with his back turned.
Franklin County’s coroner, Dr. Sig Menchel, performed the official autopsy days after the shooting.
Lattin is a spokesman for the regional law-enforcement task force examining the shooting. On Thursday, he referred questions to Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant, who did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press.
The final medical examiner’s report is not yet finished, but could be done within a month, Lattin said Wednesday.
He said investigators have determined three officers fired a total 17 shots. Police have not said how many shots each officer fired, or whether bullets from all three officers struck Zambrano-Montes.