Police shot 19-yr-old six times, inquest reveals

A  19-year-old armed robbery suspect was shot at least six times, a pathologist told a coroner’s jury on Friday.

Forensic pathologist, Dr. Caryn Sands was testifying at the coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding the September 2012 shooting death of Willis Wallace Jr., of Thompson Lane.

Police were responding to reports of an armed robbery in progress when they saw two men with a hostage. Wallace was fatally shot during the pursuit, and another man, Ricardo Davis, was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Police recovered stolen jewelry from Wallace’s pocket after he was shot near Columbus Primary.

Sands said that Wallace died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and right arm.

Sands said that she observed seven gunshot wounds, but surmised that one bullet could have caused two injuries.

She said that none of the injuries were at close range.

According to Sands, some of the bullets injured the lung, spleen and caused spillage of abdominal and intestinal contents.

Sands said that two of those gunshots entered from the back, but in response to a question from attorney Kelsie Munroe, Sands said it was possible to be facing someone and get shot in the back.

The jury asked whether she was able to tell if Wallace had his hands up in surrender when he was shot. Sands said that based on the “many trajectories” of the bullets it was clear that Wallace was “not in one position”.

The inquest continues on December 13. Anisha Missick is the marshal.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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