Coroner releases few details in fatal Harrisburg police shooting

Earl Pinckney

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A coroner says the man shot and killed by city police was struck by a single bullet that entered the front of his chest.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick on Thursday released a few of his findings in the police shooting of 20-year-old Earl Pinckney.

Other details of an autopsy, such as the angle of the bullet and the manner of death, were not released pending an investigation by the district attorney’s office. The results of toxicology tests, which would reveal any medications, will take several weeks.

Hetrick said the autopsy took several days to complete because he wanted to be thorough. He also praised Harrisburg police chief Thomas Carter as a “good investigator” who wants the truth like everyone else.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Pinckney had a knife to his mother’s throat when an officer shot him Sunday evening in the 2300 block of Green Street. Pinckney’s family has said it disagrees with Marsico’s statements.

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