Coroner: Man shot by Lancaster police died of multiple gunshot wounds

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – An 18-year-old man killed in an exchange of gunfire with city police officers died of multiple gunshot wounds, Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Steven Diamantoni said after an autopsy Wednesday.

Diamantoni said the death of Jose Efrain Rodriguez has been ruled a homicide. A coroner’s determination of homicide – or death at the hands of another – is not the same as a legal determination of homicide.

District Attorney Craig Stedman said investigators have made no final conclusions or determinations in the incident early Tuesday at South Duke and North streets.

The district attorney’s office said Rodriguez had a handgun when he walked up to two officers in their car. They said the investigation at this point shows Rodriguez “fired at police and, in turn, was shot by police.”

The gun was not initially visible to the officers, authorities said.

Stedman’s office said in an updated news release Wednesday that the officers had exited their vehicle before the shots were fired and there was no use of weapons in or at the car.

Authorities also said multiple officers were involved in the incident, and numerous officers responded to the area.

They’ve said the investigation also revealed that police deployed their Tasers.

Rodriguez died at a hospital. Investigators said he’s from New York but was recently staying on South Queen Street.

No officers were injured.

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