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An autopsy for the teenager who was shot dead by an off-duty St. Louis County police officer two weeks ago revealed he was hit eight times, six in the back.

The autopsy of Vonderrit Myers Jr. was performed by pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht at the request of the 18-year-old’s family.

Wecht says Myers was shot eight times – six of those shots were fired at his back, possibly as Vonderrit ran from the police officer.

Wecht showed the wounds in Vonderrit’s legs and said one of the shots shattered his femur.

Wecht also says Vonderrit was shot in the groin and the fatal shot was to the right side of his head between his eye brow and ear.    Attorney’s for Myers’ family says the shots are consistent with what eye-witnesses said at the scene — that Myers was running away from the officer.

When asked about the gun power residue Dr. Wecht says ballistics evidence would have to show whether Vonderrit’s hand was holding a gun or near a gun at the time of the shooting.

Myers was killed on Oct. 8 by a six-year veteran on the force. Police say the teenager shot at the unidentified cop, prompting him to shoot. Family and friends maintain Myers was holding a sandwich at the time of the incident.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest.


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