Autopsy report for protester released by DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Officer

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office has released an autopsy report three months after a protester was killed during a multi-jurisdictional raid on property slated to become the site of a proposed Atlanta Police Training Facility.

In the autopsy report, released on April 19, Manuel Paez Teran’s cause of death is listed as homicide and describes “at least 57 gunshot wounds.”

The autopsy report states that Teran’s hands were bagged prior to examination and the coroner noted that “gunpowder residue is not seen on the hands,” and that a gun shot residue test was performed.

“The 26-year-old was shot multiple times after reportedly shooting and wounding a Georgia State Patrol officer,” states the autopsy report.

While the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report states that Teran had gunshot wounds to the head, torso, extremities, hands, and right foot, unlike an independent autopsy report commissioned by Teran’s family, the coroner noted that it could not be determined whether Teran had his hands in the air while the shooting occurred.

“There are too many variables with respect to movement of the decedent and the shooters to draw definitive conclusions concerning Teran’s body position,” the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report states.

The shooting occurred in January on the proposed site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, dubbed “Cop City” by protesters. Teran was shot and killed by officers during an encampment clearing operation at the site owned by the city of Atlanta and located in DeKalb County.

Representatives of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) have reported that Teran shot at officers without warning, and critically injured an officer whose identity has not been released to the public. Reports from GBI indicate that officers returned fire and killed Teran.

While Atlanta Police Department (APD) released some body cam footage of the multi-jurisdictional operation, no footage has been released of the shooting.

“Georgia State Patrol (GSP) killed (Teran) and GBI helped cover it up,” tweeted Defend the Atlanta Forest, a collective of protesters against the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center project.

This is a developing story.

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