Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old father of two who was unarmed when he was fatally shot by police in California earlier this month, was hit eight times, an independent autopsy shows.
On March 18, two Sacramento Police Department officers responded to reports of someone smashing car windows in Clark’s neighborhood. At approximately 9:30 p.m., they opened fire on Clark outside his home, shooting at him 20 times.
Lawyers for Clark’s family held a press conference Friday to announce the findings of a private autopsy.
Dr. Bennet Omalu, who conducted the three-hour autopsy, told reporters that Clark was struck eight times. Six of the bullets hit Clark directly in the back, with a seventh hitting him in the side of his back, Omalu said.
“You could reasonably conclude that he received seven gunshot wounds from his back,” Omalu said. An eighth bullet hit Clark in the arm.
Clark did not die immediately, Omalu said.
“Death took three to 10 minutes,” Omalu estimated. “It was not an instantaneous death.”
The SPD released a statement saying that they had not received an official autopsy report from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Officer as of yet so they could not comment.
On Friday, the family of Stephon Clark announced they plan to file a federal lawsuit over his death.