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Autopsy: Black man killed by Texas officer was shot in back

The Detroit News

Texas City, Texas – A Black man who was fatally shot by a Texas police officer last week died from a single gunshot wound to the back, according to results of an independent autopsy released by an attorney for his family.

Joshua Feast, 22, died Dec. 9 after he was shot by La Marque police Officer Jose Santos, who is now on paid leave. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Feast’s family, said the autopsy results released Wednesday night align with statements from witnesses who said Feast was running away from police when he was shot.

Jaylon Cummins and other protestors carry signs during a march in La Marque, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, to protest the shooting of Joshua Feast by a La Marque police officer.

“We, now based on the results of the independent autopsy and based on the medical records taken from the night that Joshua Feast was killed, are demanding that Officer Santos be terminated immediately,” Crump said.

Jarrod Holt leads a chant during a march in La Marque, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, to protest the shooting of Joshua Feast, 22, by a La Marque police officer.

A La Marque spokesperson told the Houston Chronicle that officials had no comment other than those previously issued.

La Marque Police Chief Kirk Jackson has said that Feast was a person of interest in several recent shootings in the city on the southern edge of Houston and that weapons were found at the scene of his fatal shooting.

The Galveston County sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office are investigating Feast’s death.