Autopsy : Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Shot 4 Times In The Back

Autopsy : Black Man Killed By Utah Cops Shot 4 Times In The Back

The official autopsy for Darrien Hunt was released on Tuesday and revealed that officers shot the 22-year-old unarmed Black man four times in the back.

Hunt was the young man who was fatally shot by officers in Utah after they claim he charged at them with a sword.

An attorney for Hunt’s family, Robert Sykes, disputed that account, saying a picture taken by a bystander shows Hunt smiling as he talked to two officers.

An investigation into whether the shooting was legally justified could be complete within a week, said Tim Taylor, chief deputy at the Utah County Attorney’s Office. He said the trajectory of the shots found by the autopsy indicates Hunt was turning away when they were fired, but investigators are still looking at exactly what happened during the encounter.

The autopsy shows four of the gunshots found in Hunt’s body traveled back to front. A fifth shot that struck his left arm appears to have come from the front and a sixth traveled downward after entering the back of his forearm.

“I think that means they were pursing him, he was running away. He was probably scared to death,” said Sykes.

Hunt was shot Sept. 10 as he walked around a strip mall in Saratoga Springs dressed as a Japanese anime character and carrying a sword that his family said was decorative. Police said someone called 911 after seeing Hunt with the metal sword, and officers fired after Hunt lunged at them with it.

Hunt’s family has said Saratoga Springs police used excessive force and treated him differently because he was black. Police say race wasn’t a factor.

The officers involved were identified as Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson.

Saratoga Springs is an upscale city of 23,000 people south of Salt Lake City. About 93 percent of residents are white and less than 1 percent is black, according to U.S. Census figures.