Autopsy Says John Williams Was Not Facing Officer Who Shot Him

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 6, 2010

An attorney for the family of John T Williams released a partial copy of his autopsy report to the Seattle Times, which indicates Williams was not facing Officer Ian Birk when he was fatally shot:

John T. Williams, the woodcarver fatally shot by a Seattle police officer Aug. 30, was struck by four bullets on the right side of his body, indicating he was not facing the officer at the time the shots were fired, the attorney representing the Williams family said Tuesday.

"There's nothing looking like he was facing toward him," Seattle attorney Tim Ford said of Williams' position as the officer fired. "It was all right side."

Ford, in an interview with The Seattle Times, provided a portion of an autopsy report prepared by the King County Medical Examiner's Office relating to the gunshot wounds.

Ford questioned whether the officer needed to shoot if Williams wasn't directly facing him. "... Where is the threat?" he said.

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