The man shot by a Colorado Springs police officer while fleeing from a stolen vehicle in December was struck 14 times, according to the autopsy report by the El Paso County Coroner’s office.
Most of the wounds were in the lower body and from the back, although one round hit 23-year-old Robert Kresky in the left chest and left arm. Those two wounds may have been caused by a single bullet, the autopsy said.
The death was ruled a homicide caused by “complications of multiple gunshot wounds.”
The wounds, especially those in the lower body, resulted in “massive blood loss and muscular tissue destruction, resulting in his eventual death,” the autopsy said.
Kresky had methamphetamine and fentanyl in his blood, according to the autopsy. Fentanyl is a narcotic pain medication.
Kresky was shot by Colorado Springs police Dec. 4, 2012 after he fled when police tried to pull over a stolen vehicle near Powers and Astrozon boulevards at about 1 a.m.
The vehicle, driven by Kresky, headed north and west and collided with a police car near Bijou Street and Swope Avenue. Kresky was shot when he ran from the vehicle, according to previous reports.
He died at Memorial Hospital Dec. 8.
One officer, who has not been identified, has been placed on administrative leave.
The Colorado Springs Police Department and 4th Judicial District Attorney’s office declined comment on the shooting or autopsy report because the case remains under investigation.
Colorado Springs police officers carry a Smith & Wesson 9mm MMP with a 17-round clip and one in the chamber, according to department spokeswoman Barbara Miller.
Seven bullets struck Kresky in the back.
One bullet struck Kresky from an upward direction to his left thigh, while another hit him in a downward direction in the right thigh.
A gunshot wound to the foot was from the front while the direction of three graze wounds, one to his left shoulder, one to his left thigh and one to his left shin, were not determined.
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