An autopsy report released on a 25-year-old black man killed in a confrontation with Los Angeles police appears to affirm initial statements by officers about the struggle that led to the close-range shooting, police said, reports the Associated Press.
Ezell Ford was shot three times in his right side, right arm, and back, according to the report. It was disclosed Monday after police initially ordered the Los Angeles County medical examiner's office to withhold the results for months to avoid tainting potential witness statements.
Ford was unarmed when police confronted him Aug. 11 on a street near his home. Police said officers tried to speak to him but got into a struggle with Ford and shot him when he tried to grab an officer's gun.
Police Chief Charlie Beck told a news conference the investigation was far from over. Stressing he was not drawing conclusions, Beck said, "There is nothing in the coroner's report that is inconsistent with the statements given to us by the officers."