Autopsy: Suspect killed by St. Louis police was shot in back

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St. Louis City Police along with St. Louis City Sheriffs stand guard in front of the St. Louis City Municipal courts early Wednesday afternoon, August 19, 2015. Protesters gathered on the steps in recognition of the first anniversary police shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell only 10 days after teen Michael Brown in Aug. of 2014.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis police chief says an autopsy shows that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer this week died from a single wound in the back.

Police Chief Sam Dotson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the location of Mansur Ball-Bey’s wound neither proves nor disproves two officers’ accounts that Ball-Bey pointed a gun at them before they shot at him Wednesday.

Dotson says that “just because he was shot in the back doesn’t mean he was running away.”

An attorney for Ball-Bey’s family says witnesses told him Ball-Bey was unarmed.

A University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist, David Klinger, says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional for police to shoot someone in the back if they believe that person could be a threat.