Reported by Nigel Boys
The story claiming that Vonderrit Myers was shot during a gun battle with a St. Louis police officer which was distributed by the Missouri Police Department, doesn’t hold up in light of an autopsy performed at the request of his family, according to attorney, Jerry Christmas.
According to Dr. Cyril Wecht, who performed the autopsy on the 18-year-old who lost his life, it looks like Myers was first shot in the back of both legs, which would suggest that he had been running away from the off-duty police officer who shot him. He adds that a subsequent shot to the left leg, shattered his femur, but the killing shot was to the side of his face.
Myer’s autopsy results were revealed during a news conference at the funeral home handling his burial and are the result of the findings of the independent forensic pathologist who has also investigated the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley.
Although Myer’s family insists that he didn’t fire at the unnamed police officer before he returned fire, Missouri State Highway Patrol lab tests prove otherwise, according to police union leaders. The results allegedly show that gunshot residue was found on Myer’s hand, his waistband, and shirt.
According to Brian Millikan, the shooting officer’s attorney, the independent autopsy result confirms that police accounts of the shooting were correct. He added that Myers was still pointing his gun at the officer when he was shot in the back of the legs.
Millikan went on to say “It’s absolutely consistent with what the officer told the investigators from early on. He continued, “There were no shots fired when Myers was running away. That’s simply not true.”
However, Myers’ family and their attorney’s are claiming that the independent autopsy report reveals that he was trying to get away from the police officer when he was shot and not firing upon him.
A subpoena was served on Wecht at the news conference by police investigators to turn over his findings to be reviewed by a grand jury. They will examine the actions of the off duty police officer who has since been placed on administrative leave.
According to Police Chief Sam Dotson, the officer concerned was patrolling as a private security guard at the time of the shooting on October 8. He added that he was wearing his police uniform and used a department-issued gun when bringing Myers down.