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Autopsy: Suspect shot by deputies three times

Posted October 30, 2008 1:10 p.m. EDT

— A suspect killed by an Orange County Sheriff's deputy in August had three gunshot wounds, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

Deputy Joshua Scott Wiseman is believed to have fired the shot that killed Christopher Dean Trivett, 32, of Timberlake, on New Sharon Church Road on Aug. 2.

Trivett was wanted in a series of home break-ins, two attempted murders and one attempted sexual assault in Person County earlier that week.

Trivett died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen in which the bullet pierced his heart and lungs, according to the autopsy performed by the Orange County medical examiner.

A second bullet struck his right thumb and re-entered his neck. Trivett was also shot in the left forearm.

Except for nicotine, blood tests did not find any drugs or alcohol in his system.

Orange County investigators have said that deputies became involved in "a shooting incident" after encountering Trivett. At the time, Person County dispatch officials said that Trivett ran from deputies and might have fired first, prompting deputies to return fire.

According to arrest warrants, Trivett was accused of stealing a car from a Wal-Mart in Roxboro and then breaking into three houses in Roxboro and Hurdle Mills between the night of July 31 and afternoon of Aug. 1.

One of the homes belonged to the owner of a plumbing company that Trivett worked for. The owners said that Trivett had been a solid employee and that he did not know what set him off.