Stephon Clark Was Shot Eight Times by Police, According to Autopsy Report

Updated | An unarmed black man who was shot and killed in his backyard by police officers in Sacramento, California, was shot eight times from the back or side, not 20 as previously reported, according to results of a private autopsy that the family had ordered.

"You could reasonably conclude that he received seven gunshot wounds from his back," Dr. Bennett Omalu said at a press conference on Friday.

Sacramento Police Officers who were looking for someone reportedly breaking into cars in the neighborhood fired 20 shots at Stephon Clark, 22. Only eight of those bullets struck his body, according to a report on Friday by The New York Times.

During the press conference, Omalu also noted that the seven shots in the back had a "fatal capacity," and did severe damage to Clark's collapsed lung and vertebrae.

Omalu told the Times that none of the bullets entered the front of Clark's body. The 22-year-old was shot at at least eight times; twice in the neck, four times in his lower back, once in his leg, and once in his armpit, according to Omalu.

The New York Times later clarified the lawyer's statement in a tweet that "there was one frontal shot. (The doctor said that shot came after he was already falling down to the ground.)" Clark was only shot once from the front when he was falling to the ground, Omalu said.

Benjamin Crump, the Clark family's lawyer, told The Times that the autopsy was not the information he and the family have been told.

"These findings from the independent autopsy contradict the police narrative that we've been told," Crump said in a statement to The Times. "This independent autopsy affirms that Stephon was not a threat to police and was slain in another senseless police killing under increasingly questionable circumstances."

In a statement released by the Sacramento Police Department early in the investigation, the department only stated that Clark was shot multiple times, and did not clarify how many times Clark was actually shot.

Hundreds of people attended Clark's funeral on Thursday. His death has sparked protests throughout the U.S.

This story has been updated to include more information about where Clark was shot.

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