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Stephon Clark shot seven times, official autopsy finds

Posted May 1, 2018 9:23 p.m. EDT

— Stephon Clark, an unarmed Sacramento man killed by police in March, was shot seven times, an autopsy released by the Sacramento County coroner says.

The results differ from an autopsy done by a doctor hired by the Clark family. That report said Clark was shot eight times by police on the night of March 18.

The official autopsy says three bullets hit Clark in the back. Another bullet struck Clark in the chest, one struck the back of the right arm, one hit him in the left thigh and another pierced his neck.

Authorities have said the two Sacramento officers who shot Clark were responding to a report that a man had broken car windows and was hiding in a backyard.

Police pursued a man -- later identified as Clark -- who hopped a fence into his grandmother's property.

The officers fired at Clark because they believed he was pointing a gun at them, police have said. But only his cellphone was found at the scene.

Authorities have released video from 28 body cameras, 23 dash cameras, and a Sacramento Sheriff's Department helicopter. The department also released two 911 calls.

The shooting sparked days of protests in California's capital city.