Independent autopsy shows Gunn was shot 5 times
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A forensic pathologist conducted a second autopsy on Gregory Gunn's body Wednesday.
Gunn's family hired Dr. Jim Lauridson to conduct a second autopsy.
Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith shot and killed Gunn early on Feb. 25 on McElvy Street in Montgomery.
Smith was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday.
Tyrone Means represents the Gunn family and said Lauridson was hired for two reasons.
"We want to know what's going on in the criminal investigation but also we've been engaged in the civil litigation the family may have, so we engaged him for our own expert to help us understand how Mr. Gunn died," Means said.
Lauridson has more than 30 years of experience as a forensic pathologist and estimated he's conducted 8,000 autopsies, including time with the Alabama Department of Forensics.
Based on his findings, Lauridson said Gunn was shot five times. One bullet fractured his right wrist, another one grazed his upper right arm across the bicep and another one went through his upper right arm. Two bullets entered Gunn's chest. He also took bullets to his right hip and left buttock.
"The grazed shot and the shot that went through the upper right arm both entered the chest and they were fatal founds to Mr. Gunn," Lauridson said.
Attorney Mickey McDermott is representing Smith.
"We understand a second autopsy has been concluded. This is information just brought to us and certainly not from investigators in this case," McDermott said.
McDermott says his client is in "hiding" because he has received death threats. McDermott also said Smith was offered a new law enforcement job Thursday outside of Montgomery but advised him to turn it down so he could focus on his legal issues.
It is important to note, these are Lauridson's findings.
"To my best approximation at this point, I believe this is an accurate representation. The number of shots and their directions. This would suggest me Mr. Gunn was in a defensive posture," Lauridson said.
We don't know yet what the Alabama Department of Forensics has concluded from its initial autopsy of Gregory Gunn's body.
"We believe when the autopsy is completed and forensics complete their job, they will show that officer Smith used legal and appropriate force to defend himself," McDermott said.
McDermott filed a motion for a preliminary court hearing to examine the State's evidence. The hearing is set for March. 24.
The attorney also filed a motion with the Montgomery County Circuit Court that seeks to preserve handwritten notes and tape recordings of all state agents associated with the case.
Gunn's funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at True Divine Baptist Church. A peaceful walk in the Mobile Heights neighborhood is planned for 11 that morning.
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