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Autopsy: Black man was fatally shot once in back by police

January 23, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee medical examiner’s report says a black man killed by Metro Nashville police last year was fatally shot once in his back at “indeterminate range.”

The Tennessean reported the October death of 31-year-old Sershawn Martez Dillon has been classified as a homicide. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland says the agency has concluded its investigation and given the findings to county prosecutors.

The TBI said officers say Dillion matched the description of an assault suspect and when officers found him, and the situation escalated for reasons that remain unclear.

Police said Dillon exchanged gunfire with Detective Zachary Ronan and Officer John Petriello. Another officer, Samuel Galuzzi, was wounded, and police said Tuesday he still is recovering. Petriello and Ronan remain on administrative assignment.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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