Autopsy report: Man was running away when officer shot him

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Knox County medical examiner has concluded that a man who was fatally shot in July 2014 during what authorities described as a life-or-death struggle had been running away from the officer.

According to an autopsy report recently obtained by The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ), Knox County Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Christopher Lochmuller concluded that 45-year-old Ronald Carden suffered six gunshot wounds from behind, with all but one of the bullets fired from more than three feet away.

Authorities say Carden attacked Officer David Gerlach on July 27, 2014 after the patrolman stopped to assist him with a flat tire. Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Carden tried to wrest the officer’s gun from his holster. Gerlach is white, as was Carden.

Carden’s son filed a wrongful-death lawsuit earlier this year, saying Carden had turned to run away.