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Autopsy done in shooting death; no ID confirmed yet

Aug 1, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Local officials on Friday still had not confirmed the identity of the man who was fatally shot by a federal officer Tuesday on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The deceased was autopsied Thursday in Loveland, Colo., but Coroner Ed McAuslan said fingerprint samples were not returned to Fremont County with the body.

"The (Federal Bureau of Investigation) kept them down there," McAusland said of the fingerprints. "But they're putting them overnight Fedex, so I hope to have them today. As soon as I get them, I'll make a comparison."

He said he would let the FBI release information about the cause of death.

When asked for an update Friday, FBI media coordinator Dave Joly had no additional information.

"Once the investigation is complete, we would be able to answer most of your questions," he said in an email. "Until then I just cannot violate the integrity of the investigation."

It will be up to McAuslan to determine whether the death was accidental or the result of a homicide. He could not comment on those details Friday.

"I can't make that (decision) until I have all of the information and reports," he said. "It's way too early to be even talking about that kind of thing. The autopsy report itself will be four to six weeks before I can sit down and read that, so we're looking at at least that long before any decisions will be made."


Oct. 14: No charges to be filed in police shooting

Sept. 17: Information on police shooting will not be shared

Sept. 12: Man killed in police shooting was drunk

Aug. 28: Police shooting -- Pavillion isn't Ferguson, Mo., but the public still needs to know what happened

Aug. 5: Man killed by police identified as Justin Steele

July 31: Feds say officer fired intentionally in deadly incident on reservation

July 30: Man shot to death in altercation with police on reservation